New era beckons for boozer

The new management team, Matt Bailes and Rachael Wrightson, at The Fox and Hounds in Thorpe Audlin.

The new management team, Matt Bailes and Rachael Wrightson, at The Fox and Hounds in Thorpe Audlin.

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ALL change: A PUB is reaching out to its locals with a new management team, a revamped menu and a range of community events. Matt Bailes and Rachael Wrightson, new faces at The Fox and Hounds, near Askern, are hoping to put the pub at the centre of community life. The couple, from Skipton, have been managing pubs for seven years and previously ran The Blue Bell Inn in Kettlewell, North Yorkshire, The Wellington in Horfield, Bristol, and The Swan in Swineford, Gloucestershire. They will now bring their expertise to The Fox and Hounds, which was re-opened by South Yorkshire firm WL Leisure this March after having been closed for more than a year because of fire damage in January last year. As well as introducing a lunchtime carvery – with a senior citizens’ special of two courses for £6.45 – and an evening menu of pub classics, The Fox and Hounds is also looking to arrange quiz nights and host events for neighbouring residents, who are invited to visit and get to know the Thorpe Audlin pub’s new management. Matt, 33, said: “This is a lovely village which deserves a traditional, welcoming local pub that serves the local community. We are offering quality food, great value for money and a friendly atmosphere, and we want The Fox and Hounds to earn a reputation across the region as the place to go for the good old fashioned pub experience.”

all ale: IT’LL be win win for lovers of real ale at the Battle of the Brewer event at a Doncaster pub. Two Roses, Wellbeck Abbey and Acorn Brewery will battle it out in a taste test event. There will be a presentation by each head brewer followed by a Q&A session. You’ll get the chance to sample two beers from each brewery before you place your vote. The competition will take place at Cask Corner, Cleveland Street, on Wednesday at 8pm.

new comedy club due to start: THE Leopard is already well-known on the live music front but it’s about to start making waves in comedy too. The Laughing Leopard Comedy Club is due to start on August 30. Tickets cost £5 and are available from The Leopard. The opening line-up will be Stephen Carlin, Jay Sodagar, and Danny Deega. Following announcements of names like welsh diva Charlotte Church and controversial author and former drugs baron Howard Marks, we could expect to see some big names gracing the Leopard’s stage.