Izaak Walton Inn reopens

It was a day many of us feared we would never see – the re-opening of the Izaak Walton Inn.
However, fifteen months after it last closed, the old hostelry is open again – with a fresh lick of paint, innovative management, and even a new logo…


The new manager, Kathy Morton, has done a good job with renovating the place. Outside, the overgrown ivy on the wall has gone – maybe no bad thing – and the walls have been repainted cream-white. Even old Izaak himself has had a makeover, with a new portrait of him on the pub-sign.

Izaak Walton Inn, 2014

The new Izaak – all scrubbed up.

Inside, Kathy has kept the classy look of the place as you’d remember it, but lightened it up, painting the walls a dove-grey colour. It looks brighter and airier. The furniture is as-was, but all re-upholstered and re-polished!

Pub / restaurant

Kathy says that the strategy will be to try to attract people from twenty miles around by laying on a classy ambience, good food, an attractive wine-list and an interesting menu.
But she has not neglected the bar. Real ale drinkers will enjoy the Pedigree and the EinStein (a guest beer from mid-Staffs brewery Lymestone).

Kathy Morton

Kathy Morton – the new lady in charge at the Izaak

Things are still bedding in, not helped by the facts that a recent flood in the cellar caused delays, but the current idea is to open all day every day, with food at lunchtime and in the evening (except on the weekend, when there is food all day). There is even a special kids’ menu.
See: Izaak restaurant opening times.

Because it’s early days yet, no regular ‘events’ are planned, so lovers of pub entertainment may have to wait a while to see what happens in that department.
What we do know though is that – for the moment, anyway – local community groups are being told they can use the function room upstairs for free – so long as they buy a few beers!

Izaak Walton logo

The angling theme has been retained – even in the new logo.

What would Izaak Walton himself think?  We think he’d be quietly pleased.  The ancient editions of his book The Compleat Angler are still displayed on the walls of the bar; and we understand that the pub’s new ale, specially brewed for them, will have some sort of reference to him.

Settling in

Over the next few months, the pub will be responding to customers’ desires, but, for now, we just wish Kathy and her daughter Charlotte the best of luck … they’ve certainly made a good start.

For any enquiries, you can email the Izaak, phone on 01782 396156, or access their Facebook page.

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3 responses to “Izaak Walton Inn reopens

  1. Review of the Izaak

    4 of us been tonight, most disappointing. Sorry but won’t be rushing back.
    Mrs J Joynson

    Editor’s Note: We don’t usually carry reviews on this website. However, you will find fuller versions of this and other reviews of the Izaak (and other local restaurants) on the ‘Trip Advisor’ website


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  3. Enjoying the Izaak

    We have just returned from an evening meal at the Izaak Walton, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was delicious and the place looked fabulous and has kept the “classy” image that we remember when we first ate there some years back.
    I would like to thank the owners of the pub and Kathy and her team for all their hard work.
    Letting them know how run down it was getting, by sending in photos and a petition worked; and I am so glad that they listened and acted quickly. Looking forward to our next meal !



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