Historic pub given new lease of life as tenants take over

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A Louth pub is set to begin trading again after East Lindsey District Council agreed a lease with new tenants.

Boars Head on Newmarket has been closed since 2014, but it is set to open its door again on March 8 when new tenants, Gemma and Marlon Jones, officially begin trading.

When the District Council decided to refurbish the nearby Livestock Market site in 2017, it was also agreed that the Boars Head pub would be refurbished, repaired and put on the market for lease.

Following the completion of the external repairs, Gemma and Marlon agreed a lease with East Lindsey District Council in late 2018, and have been working since then to get the pub ready for the big opening.

The pair have completed a number of works inside the pub including full bar build and refit, catering kitchen and full decoration with a quirky and sympathetic décor; meaning they are now all set for the big day.

The pub will offer a range of drinks, honest home cooked food with a twist, and when better weather comes there are plans to hold beer festivals and live music. In time Gemma and Marlon also hope to open part of the upstairs as a bed and breakfast.

Speaking about the impending re-opening, the pair said: “We have been welcomed so much by the people of Louth, we hope to be able to repay them and be fully enveloped into the local community. We’ve worked really hard over the last few months and we hope our vision is well received.

“The pub has undergone a lot of work since it was last open and with the addition of inside toilets, full wheelchair access and an extra room being opened up as a second snug area, it is definitely a new Boars head. We’ve done most of the work ourselves with the help of our brother Mark, and we really are chomping at the bit to see what the next chapter has in store for us.”

Councillor Adam Grist, Portfolio Holder for Market Towns and Rural Economy, said: “It’s fantastic to see that this wonderful pub is going to re-open. The Boars Head is in such a prominent location in the town, just a short walk from the town centre and I expect it will also prove popular with those visiting the Livestock Market next door. I look forward to it opening and I wish Gemma and Marlon the best of luck.”