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1st April 2022

Community Pub Unveils Food Offering and Plans for Community Shop

The Three Merry Lads in Cutthorpe, Chesterfield, has revealed a brand new, gastropub-inspired food menu, as well as plans to open a community shop for the locals, offering Fresh Breads and Cakes along with every day grocery items. Following an impressive interior refurbishment a couple of years ago, and now occupied by South West PubsUK, they are keen to throw The Three Merry Lads into all aspects of community life making it a welcoming, inclusive place for all with fantastic food and entertainment on offer.

Owned by leading UK community pub group, Admiral Taverns, The Three Merry Lads is run by experienced operators South West PubsUK who are determined to create something special for the customers, as well as keeping true to the local pub’s tradition.

Operations Manager Tony has been working hard with his Managers Hayley and Tracey who, as a Mother and Daughter team, bring a wealth of knowledge about the local area and are locals themselves, to introduce a food offering that honors traditional ‘pub grub’ but adds a modern, quirky twist. Every dish has been carefully thought out to be both comforting and sophisticated. All food is homemade on-site using the best, locally sourced ingredients available, and will give customers the next closest thing to a home cooked meal. Favourites include beef and chorizo lasagna, flat bread pizza, burgers and scampi. — For those who can’t make it to the pub, the food is also available for takeaway to the local areas.

There’s also a large selection of alcoholic and soft drinks for customers to enjoy. This includes a wide selection of premium lagers, ciders and Guinness on draught as well as cask ales, wines, gins and other spirits.

All profits from the Community Shop will go to Cutthorpe Village Charity to help support the local area, and the space will also include a coffee shop and deli.

One of the Local Mums has arranged a mother and toddler group on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am with free tea, coffee and biscuits, as well as regular afternoon teas served between 12pm-3pm, quiz nights on a Thursday from 9pm and a garden club where residents can grow produce to sell it on at the community shop is also being introduced. The pub also hosts regular open mic nights, karaoke and disco nights on a monthly basis

South West PubsUK bring almost 40-years of combined knowledge and expertise to The Three Merry Lads and have the ambition for it to become an asset to the Cutthorpe community and wider area. Director Paul, and Tony have worked their way up through the ranks and have now been successful Multiple Management Operators together for over 15-years.

As a team they have owned and run a number of successful businesses, from traditional community pubs to four-star boutique bed and breakfasts. Their wealth of experience together with their passion for people and the hospitality industry will re-enforce their desire to have The Three Merry Lads as the go-to community hotspot.

Operations Manager Tony Porter, commented: “I look forward to guiding The Three Merry Lads to achieving its full potential. We want to make the pub an inviting and welcoming venue to bring the family and meet friends for drinks throughout the day, or a meal.”

Mark Pass, Business Development Manager for Admiral Taverns said: “Tony is a very experienced operator with a real passion for people and the community. He goes above and beyond for his locals, and I think his plans for The Three Merry Lads are a testament to that. We’re extremely pleased to have him onboard, and we look forward to helping him grow the business and seeing it flourish.”


Notes to Editors

Admiral Taverns (“Admiral”), the UK’s number one community pub group. Headquartered in Chester; the Group operates a national estate of c.1,600 predominantly wet-led community pub. Admiral’s unique operational approach has earnt industry recognition with the Group awarded Best Leased and Tenanted Pub Company in 2019, 2016 and 2013 and ranked highly commended as Best Community Pub Operator in 2017. The Group has also been consistently highly rated by licensees in the industry’s independent annual Tenant Track survey, exceeding the scores of all its national peers.

Press release from Admiral Taverns