A LANDLADY is embarking on a mission to put her 200-year-old pub at the centre of the community introducing a farmers’ market and Oktoberfest, while bringing disused land back to life.
Just seven months after she took over The Plough, in Horninglow Road North, Burton, Sandra Russell has a busy few weeks on her hands as she is also applying for a cask marque – an award for pubs serving great cask ale.
She said: “I actually don’t drink beer as I don’t like the taste but I have an excellent beer technician who helps me. If I get the cast marque I can then apply to Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) to be in its magazine which is published across the country.”
The 42-year-old’s ambitious plans do not stop there and has organised her first Oktoberfest. It will see acoustic band The Fantastic Two perform on Friday, October 25, followed by homegrown produce stalls, German food as well as an Umpah band and children’s entertainment, on Saturday. On Sunday there will be a market and quiz.
Depending on its success, Ms Russell is also hoping to introduce a farmers’ market to the pub.
She said: “I wanted to promote the pub as a real community project which is what they once were. They always used to sell eggs and other food and I think many pubs have lost that.
“There are allotments here and people come in with tomatoes and beetroots so I have them coming out my ears.
“I have talked about a farmers’ market before and we have a massive car park at the top and unused land.”
It is the unused land which could be the secret of their success for the pub as Sandra is now planning to open part of it up for a serenity garden, as well as holding a market and featuring more allotments.
It has all been months in the planning for the landlady who took over the pub when she popped in to see her friend and ‘fell in love with it’.
The pub is also doing its bit for charity at 8pm this Friday with a Race Night for Breast Cancer Research.
It is free admission and bets cost £2 and £20 to sponsor a race. There will also be pie and chips.
Further information is available by phoning 01283 565955.