New-look Stotfold pub aims for community

The new owners of The Chequers in Stotfold
The new owners of The Chequers in Stotfold
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  • The Chequers pub in Stotfold will re-open tonight
  • The re-launch comes as the pub has five new owners at the helm
  • There will be a free drink and food sampling at the event which starts at 7pm

A pub in Stotfold is due to re-open under new management with an emphasis on community spirit.

The Chequers pub, on Queen Street, will re-open tonight with a big event after a week-long renovation and tidy up.

There isn’t anywhere in Stotfold that you can get an affordable meal or sit in the garden with the family. We felt that the town was in need of a friendly pub that could be used by everyone.

John Hyde, a trustee and Vice Chairman of Stotfold Mill

The pub has been taken over by three parties, Julie and John Hyde, Janet and Charlie Hyde, and Doug Bollen.

The Hydes are lifetime residents of Stotfold and Doug is an award-winning publican with over 20 years in the business.

John Hyde, a trustee and Vice Chairman of Stotfold Mill, said: “We decided to take on the pub because we were fed up with the place looking sad.

“There isn’t anywhere in Stotfold that you can get an affordable meal or sit in the garden with the family. We felt that the town was in need of a friendly pub that could be used by everyone.”

All the new owners are determined to return the Grade 2 listed pub to its roots by making it clean and family-focused, with a real community vibe.

The pub has been closed this week in order for a minor renovation.

During this time the new owners have changed the décor, renovated the garden and prepared for the pub’s opening night.

The Chequers’ current team will continue working there, and the re-opening will create more jobs.

Julie Hyde, who already owns The Barn Hair Studio in Stotfold, said: “The Chequers has had many owners over the past 10 years and each has tried to change the pub into something it’s not.

“As we have grown up in Stotfold, we have real a love for the pub. And by being well-known and active community people, we have a good idea what the town needs.”

The Chequers’ opens tonight at 7pm, and those who attend will be offered a free drink of beer or bubbles on arrival and a sample of the new food.

There will also be a suggestion box in the bar for people to give ideas on what they would like from the pub.

Facebook and Twitter pages have already been set up – the former has already amassed almost 400 likes – telling people about the event.

They will also be used to regularly engage with the local community.

In addition to creating a safe, clean and pleasant environment for families, the new owners also plan to hold themed events and special weekends, as well as open a tea and coffee room for morning clients.

For more information you can visit www.thechequers-stotfold.co.uk