Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

‘By locals, for locals’ – new tenants take on village pub with big ideas

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 November 2017

New team at the Ship and Castle, Congresbury.

New team at the Ship and Castle, Congresbury.

Archant

A village pub-restaurant is under new management, promising the return of a locals’ bar and an ‘exciting’ selection of ‘high-quality’ food.

New team at the Ship and Castle, Congresbury. New team at the Ship and Castle, Congresbury.

The keys to Congresbury’s Ship and Castle, in High Street, have been handed to new tenants Mark Green and Sarah Aston-Davies.

The couple have taken over after Mezze Restaurants, which ran The Ship and Castle for five years, decided to leave the village.

The new tenants, who had a short stint in charge at the pub a decade ago, have called for the support of the community and hope ‘exciting’ upgrades will make the grade two-listed building a ‘thriving pub again’.

Mr Green told the Times: “We have many years experience of running a pub and we’ve earned our reputation.

The Ship and Castle, Congresbury. The Ship and Castle, Congresbury.

“We started working for ourselves at The Ship and Castle 10 years ago until Green King renovated it for letting.

“We moved on around the South West but we jumped at the opportunity when the pub became available.

“We are local people. Sarah grew up in Congresbury and our children go to St Andrew’s Primary School, so we have strong links with the community.”

The pair has commissioned a revamp of the pub’s interior, which is drawing to a close, and has plans to renovate its six en-suite letting rooms.

Mr Green also hopes the pub will offer greater appeal to villagers.

He said: “We want to bring the locals’ bar back so residents can enjoy a pint or two in an informal setting, with a pool table and fruit machines.

“We have two extremely talented chefs putting together a new menu for all pockets using high-quality local food.

“It is a good menu. The chefs want to do things from handmade pizzas and burgers to fine dining.

“Greene King is decorating the pub and we, as new tenants, are bringing the interior up to standard.

“The pub is still trading with the decorators doing one room at a time, and we hope to finish next week.

“We hope people come and have a look at the exciting new changes we are making.

“With the support of the community we can make The Ship and Castle a thriving pub again.”

A Mezze Restaurants spokesman told the Mercury it wishes the new tenants ‘the best of luck’.

Other News Stories

21:00

Hundreds of families enjoyed a day out at Weston Model Railway Exhibition at the weekend.

Read more
17:00

A Royal British Legion (RBL) branch has celebrated the new year by marking its 90th anniversary.

Read more

Police are searching for a man who failed to turn up at court to face allegations of assault and criminal damage.

Read more
18:00

Animal lovers are being given the chance to walk across burning wood embers to raise money for charity.

Read more
16:00

New holiday cottages could be built to help a village golf club ‘remain viable’.

Read more

Nearly 200 students from a Worle secondary school have taken a first step into writing careers by having stories published in an anthology.

Read more
14:00

Revellers gathered at a village pub with pots and pans to bless the orchard during the historic Somerset tradition of wassailing.

Read more

An exhibit of ‘national significance’ will be displayed at Weston Museum later this year.

Read more

Emergency services were called to Burnham-on-Sea following an incident which saw somebody trapped in a crashed car after failing to stop when ordered by police.

Read more
11:00

A Weston-super-Mare woman drove away happy after winning a car worth thousands of pounds.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 6°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder