A FAMILY has undertaken a new venture in the hope of giving a village pub a new lease of life.
Matt and Lorna Smith have taken over the Hare and Hounds in Leavenheath, their first experience of running a pub, having worked in travel and hospitality previously.
“The pub itself is a new venture for us,” said Mrs Smith. “We have got Matt’s aunt and uncle, Avril and Ted Tuvey, running it too, so it’s a family concern.”
The couple soon realised the scale of the job at hand.
“The pub was very run down and a lot of people had stopped using it,” said Mrs Smith, who lives in the village with her husband and two children, Chloe, 10, and Samuel, eight.
“We have been cleaning, painting and renovating as much as possible, and people have been very supportive, especially the local community.”
A taster day offering customers the chance to try out the pub’s new menu attracted around 150 people.
“It went very well and there was a lot of positive feedback,” added Mrs Smith.
“We are trying to promote the place as a classic pub, so we’re trying to get back to what they used to be like.”