ALE Autumn 2000 No. 299

The Free Press, Prospect Row

Information from a Greene King Press Release

New Licensees, Old tradition

Following Chris and Debbie Lloyd at the Free Press, Prospect Row, is bound to be a challenge, but Greene King believe they've found the ideal couple to continue the traditions and bring new life to the community local. Martin and Donna Thornton are well travelled (three years in Turkey and four years in Saudi) and very experienced: Martin has been a chef with a vast expertise in wine, and Donna has also worked for a long time in the hotel and catering industry. They plan to make the pub very much a family business, involving their two daughters, Kate and Jenna, and Jenna's boyfriend Craig, who is Cellar Bar Manager.

[Martin & Donna] Martin and Donna "will continue to operate a total no-smoking policy, and the old tradition of no gaming machines, pool table, dart board music or mobiles will be retained". With daily newspapers on the bar, original décor, and open fireplace, the intention is for customers to feel as comfortable as they do in their own home.

The "free press" theme will be augmented with assorted newspaper bric-a-brac, notably four typesetting trays, which customers are encouraged to fill with their own knick-knacks.

Links with the local community are being forged, for example lining up a school project with Parkside School, encouraging GCSE students in their practical arts courses by offering prizes for the best pub sign designs.

As well as the standard range of cask-conditioned ales, there is also a guest ale from GK's full range. A good selection of wines by the glass or bottle, personally selected by Martin, will also be available. A new range of quality bottled beers will further improve customers' choice at the bar.

As for the food, Donna draws on her hotel and catering background to offer a continually changing choice of fresh local seasonal produce, all at realistic prices.

For further information, call Martin and Donna on the new Free Press phone number; (01223) 368337.

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