It’s a year since 22-year old Jack Slingsby took over at Crowle’s White Hart pub, and he’s hoping to remain the face behind the bar for some time yet.
The young manager has worked in the pub trade around the area since the age of 16, and with chef Daniel Parkin has just introduced a new food menu.
Based around traditional pub fare, with mixed grills, steaks and scampi, the current offers include two dining for £20 with a bottle of wine thrown in on Thursdays, and a carvery for two, for £10 on Sundays.
“It’s all taking off here. We just had Sky sports installed and are organising football, darts and dominoes teams,” said Jack. There is a quiz night each Sunday, karaoke and disco on Friday nights and bands once a month, the next being Cardee on April 15.
The child-friendly pub has also been recently refurbished.
On May 4 the White Hart holds its charity day for Lindsey Lodge and MacMillan Nurses, with bands, a raffle and sponsored waxings. Last year it raised over £1,000.
“I have had family and friends affected by cancer and know the wonderful work these charities do, so this is a bit of a personal thing as well as being the pub charity event,” said Jack.
Not too long afterwards, on May 25, is the traditional family fun day at the White Hart with music, a barbecue, bouncy castles and facepainting free for youngsters.
This will be repeated at August Bank Holiday, said Jack, as the special days are always busy and seem to be enjoyed by families from all around the area.
“The pub changed hands quite a bit within a short time before I came... I feel it’s turned around over the past 12 months, now it has some stability,” added Jack. “It’s a great pub in a great area.”
One of the oldest pubs in the Isle, the White Hart has retained its character while moving forward with the times, he added.