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NEW BUSINESS: Will Raymond and Chantall Weeks have taken over the Hare and Hounds pub in Leavenheath.

NEW BUSINESS: Will Raymond and Chantall Weeks have taken over the Hare and Hounds pub in Leavenheath.

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A graduate who studied how pubs have adapted to the recession is hoping for real-world success after taking over a Leavenheath pub.

Will Raymond, 21, graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in business management this summer and wasted no time in becoming landlord of the Hare and Hounds pub with his girlfriend Chantal Weeks, 25.

The pair have both worked at the White Horse in Edwardstone, where Miss Weeks was manager for a year, and are hoping to apply their combined knowledge to running the Leavenheath pub.

“The focus of my dissertation was how pubs have made themselves green but I also found out how they take different approaches to diversifying,” said Mr Raymond.

“We have revamped the menu so it has a completely new range with traditional pub food and we are hoping to up the real ale count.”

Miss Weeks added: “We are trying to get a community feel at the pub, through offering food and organising events – we want to make it more appealing to the locals.”

The pub was previously run by owner Matt Smith’s aunt and uncle, Avril and Ted Tuvey, for 18 months.

Mr Raymond and Miss Weeks have organised their first beer festival at the pub, which will run from Thursday, August 8, to Sunday, August 11, and will include live music on the Saturday.