THE licensee of a pub in Belper is bucking the difficult economic climate for pubs by focusing on cask ale.
Tim Turner and his girlfriend Coral Weaving took over the Greyhound in April 2009 and have increased the trade by around 12 per cent each year since thanks to building a reputation as a great cask ale pub.
They have increased the number of cask ales on offer and organise regular beer festivals.
Their most recent beer festival last month saw 1,000 customers visit the Whitemoor Lane pub over four days.
Tim said: “I’d recommend holding beer festivals to anyone. The pub was absolutely packed on the Friday and Saturday of the festival.
“People told me that January was too quiet a month to run a beer festival but we had lots of new faces in the pub.”
Tim worked in pubs for a few years before taking on the Greyhound as his first business. “I wouldn’t change running this pub for the world,” he said. “It’s very rewarding – and the end of a busy night the hairs on the back on your neck stand up.”
Trade has grown so well at the Greyhound that Tim and Coral, who are proud parents of two-month-old Jacob, are taking the next step and introducing a value food offer with help from landlord Punch Taverns.
It is being launched this Friday, February 3, with a two-for-£9 offer on main course meals being one highlight. Food will be served Monday to Saturday (12 midday-2pm and 5pm-8pm) and Sundays from 12 midday to 4pm.
Matthew Gaunt, of Punch Taverns said: “Tim and Coral have done a wonderful job placing the Greyhound at the heart of its community.”