Brantham: Historic pub The Bull reopens under new management

THE new owners of an historic village pub have pledged to serve only good-quality, home-cooked food – and no “pre-prepared rubbish”.

Paul and Gemma Chenery have recently taken over the Bull in Brantham, near the Essex/Suffolk border, and are looking to meet locals’ needs with a selection of quality ales and lagers, good wines and a range of dishes made using locally-produced ingredients.

“I’ve known the pub for years and know it’s got so much potential,” said Mrs Chenery.

“It’s lovely and big inside, meaning there’s a great atmosphere, and the views across the Stour from the huge beer garden are fantastic.”

The Bull closed last November but the enterprising couple, who run a family catering business, are confident that they can quickly turn it into a successful operation trading in what is a difficult industry, with 16 pubs closing across the country each week.

The pub reopened on Saturday, March 3 and has already taken several bookings for its first big day – Mothering Sunday.

The building dates back to the 16th Century and is said to have been built using timbers from ships that formed part of the Spanish Armada.

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It was previously owned by Melvyn Hayes, one of the stars of hugely popular 1970s sitcom It Ain’t Half hot Mum.