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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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