Monday, 18 October 2021

Couple celebrate fifth anniversary at pub

A COUPLE held a party to mark their fifth anniversary of running a pub.

A COUPLE held a party to mark their fifth anniversary of running a pub.

About 80 people attended the event at the Flowing Spring, off the A4155 at Playhatch, on Saturday night to mark the achievement of landlord Nick Willson and his wife Hazel Lucas.

The couple served hot food including a home-made chilli con carne, vegetarian curry and Exmoor pork sausages in baps.

There was entertainment from singer and guitarist Alice Reay and magician Ian Raven, while Mr Willson read out a poem about the last five years.

He said: “It was an excellent night and everyone had a thoroughly good time. We’re so proud of this place — it has got such character and the people who come here are just wonderful.”

Mr Willson said the couple were particularly proud of its regular live music nights and its special dietary menu.

The pub offers vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free meals and last month was named in the top 10 pubs in the country with the best selection of high-quality vegan dishes by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The campaign group singled out the pub’s dishes, including mushroom and leek stroganoff, the spicy hippy burger, which is made with chickpeas, squash and crunchy sunflower seeds, and a range of vegan ice creams.

The couple’s contract with brewer Fuller’s, which owns the pub, expires in April 2017 but Mr Willson said they had “every intention” of staying.

“We would expect to renew for at least another three years to keep the momentum going because the pub has got a really good name for itself,” he said. “We just want to make it bigger and better.”

Ideas for the future include a classic car and bike meeting on Sunday mornings in the pub car park and an all-day blues festival while the couple plan to repeat their all-day jazz festival.

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