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Interview with the new Thorold Arms tenants

As promised, last week we sat down with the new Thorold Arms pub tenants, Mark and Arzu to find out a little more about them and what their plans for the pub are.

What attracted you to the tenant position at the Thorold Arms?

We’ve known Harmston and the pub for the past 10 years - Mark was a regular at their music and beer festival. We have friends in the village and have always loved it here. We followed the pub story with great interest and when the tenancy position came up, it felt like a great new venture. Arzu has spent her life working in marketing as a category manager in the retail industry but her passion is for food and cooking delicious meals from scratch. Running a pub suits both of us perfectly.

What beers and drinks are you looking to stock?

We’re looking to stock a good variety of drinks to suit all tastes - obviously this will evolve as we see which are the most popular. Beer wise, we’ll have real ales and craft beers. We have four pumps and we might start off with the fourth pump being an interesting cider - watch this space! We’re being supplied by Small Beer in Bracebridge Heath who worked with the Thorold Arms previously.

We’re going to have a huge selection of gin and some great varieties of single malt whisky too. And of course there will be the usual offering of the drinks you’d expect to see in a good pub.

What kind of food will you be serving? Any example dishes?

We’ll be serving traditional British pub food (fish and chips, shepherds pie etc) but will also be offering a Mediterranean menu. All of the food will be cooked fresh and from scratch. Arzu loves to make everything herself, from bread to pasta and this will be what you’ll find at the Thorold Arms.

Aside from serving food and drink, do you plan on any holding any other activities at the pub?

Yes, we’re really keen to do this so will try a few events and see what’s popular in the village. We’d definitely like to hold quiz and open mic nights but will also looking at facilitating a book club and maybe a cooking club. Mark would also like to encourage classic car and vintage bike owners to join the pub as that’s one of his interests.

What do you think will be the biggest challenge?

Facilitating a fantastic opening night! Overall though, it will be keeping the momentum going so that people feel that they’re at home in the Thorold Arms and that the pub is a really important part of the community.

What will the opening hours be?

We’ll be open 7 days a week from midday until 11pm (10.30pm on a Sunday).

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

We’re really excited to get started and to make the Thorold Arms a local landmark. It’s been a really long journey for everyone involved in the community, and a big commitment both physically and financially. The story behind the pub was a big reason why we wanted to get involved and we’re so looking forward to it.

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