An Epworth pub couple have moved on to pastures new, but will not be too far away in the future.
Ian and Tracy Pierrepont, who met at a Pontin’s holiday camp in Norfolk, have left the bar and kitchen at the Mowbray Arms, Epworth, to move to the Horn at Messingham, with their son Thomas.
Tracy said: “We have liked Epworth but the move has been on the cards for some time and we’re happy with what we are doing now.”
She continued: “I understand Enterprise Inns are to take over the lease again from the current owner and bring in new people to run the pub. We don’t know as yet who that will be.
“It’s likely to be temporary people in the immediate future.”
The couple, who have been at the pub for four months, offered diners at the Mowbray Arms a new menu featuring favourites such as steaks, pies and fish dishes using local produce, and Ian was known for his luxury range of cheesecakes.
There is a games area within the two-room pub offering pool, darts and dominoes, and the Pierreponts introduced sandwiches and chips along with games nights in the pub.
They also opened for breakfasts shortly after moving in last September.
Ian said: “We have had a steady core of regulars during our time here. Everyone made us feel very welcome and we are sorry to go but this is the business we are in.
“Our next pub will be run on similar lines to the Mowbray. It will be food-orientated and we will have live bands on a regular basis.”
It is unlikely that the Mowbray arms will continue serving food in the future. However, the Isle of Axholme Rotary Club will continue to meet there on Thursday evenings, and fortnightly folk nights will continue on Wednesdays, with guest performers invited to the venue by the local folk club.