New landlord pledges a change of tune for pub
- Credit: Denise Bradley
New publicans are hoping to strike a chord with music fans by hosting live bands at their village hostelry.
Jim Rowbotham, 44, has taken over the Old Chequers in Friston with his partner Maddie and daughter Cerys and is hoping to hold regular music nights, featuring bands including his own group Roach.
He said there would be regular theme nights, along with folk music and quiz evenings to keep customers entertained.
Mr Rowbotham used to be an assistant head at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft but wanted a change of career and he was already familiar with the pub business from having played live at venues with his band.
His partner, meanwhile, had also worked in pubs.
“I wanted a change of career because I had been in education for a long while, but I wanted to be in the pub business because I had been in it before and I saw this opportunity had come up,” Mr Rowbotham said.
The couple took over on March 18 after the previous owners had retired and moved to Lincolnshire.
- 1 14 players that could solve Town's left-sided problem
- 2 Man dies after being found unresponsive in Sudbury river
- 3 'We're blown away' - Classic car show visits care home after roadworks setback
- 4 Community sadness after death of man who was found in river
- 5 Former Suffolk poultry farm site could be converted into homes
- 6 Historic former pub with permission to convert into homes set for auction
- 7 Man left with head injury after attack in seaside town
- 8 'New-look' Aldi store set to reopen in Sudbury, creating additional jobs
- 9 Bent names Town stars among his best-ever team-mates
- 10 Man allegedly four times the drink drive limit in Stowmarket
Mr Rowbotham was born in Ipswich and has lived in Friston for the last 10 years, while his partner is originally from Hampshire.
The new owners have also retained the services of the award-winning chef who worked with the previous publicans, Dave Newton.
“The pub was already in a good state when we took it over, but we will be looking to put our mark on it.
“We have kept the chef, who is really good and we were flat out by Mothering Sunday, which was our second weekend in charge. One of the reasons we opened so quickly was because we wanted a first run on the weekend,” Mr Rowbotham added.
He said the last landlords had made the pub "a really good, foodie pub" and he had been looking for a pub to run for about two years.