Escape from the City is a recipe for success

MOUNT BURES: Thatcher's Arms business success
Thatcher's Arms, Hall Road, Mount Bures owners Debbie and Stuart Fraser 
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160726-221430009
MOUNT BURES: Thatcher's Arms business success Thatcher's Arms, Hall Road, Mount Bures owners Debbie and Stuart Fraser Picture Mark Westley ANL-160726-221430009

Former City of London workers Debbie and Stuart Fraser decided to swap their high-flying IT and telecomms jobs for a new career running a country pub and restaurant.

Two years ago they bought The Thatchers Arms in Mount Bures and say their decision to escape to the country has been a good move.

Their restaurant has gone from strength to strength, and they have doubled the turnover of their country pub business.

Debbie said: “Probably the best description of our menu is modern British cuisine and all of our menu items are made freshly on the premises, from our hand-cut chips, homemade ice cream, burger rolls, fresh bread and desserts. Nothing is pre-prepared and brought in.

“We’ve made the pub and restaurant like somewhere we’d like to go out to dinner.”

Leaving jobs in London has given her flexibility to do the school run. She added: “I’ve no hankering to go back to working in London.”

The pub has a cinema set up for private group screenings, with quarterly theatre nights where a professional production comes in and puts on a production after dinner. It is very much a community pub, she says, with lots of events and club meetings.

She added: “Our customers travel to us by car, pushbike, horseback, helicopter or even by tank. We get great reviews on Trip Advisor.”