Local drinkers will be pleased to hear that The Three Crowns on Easthorpe Street is now under new management, following a period when the pub seemed to have rather lost its way. And new managers Max Harman and John Noble are full of ideas and enthusiasm for bringing ‘Top House’ back to its former glory.
‘So far, everyone’s been very supportive over the management change,’ comments Max. ‘And we’ve kept the same bar staff, so there are still plenty of familiar faces behind the bar.’
Max himself is a familiar face to many locals, as he worked at the pub for several years before leaving in 2008. He’s delighted to be back at The Three Crowns and, along with John, has already overseen the restocking of the pub’s cellar with top quality wines and beers.
These include real ales from Nottingham Brewery, other local breweries and Fullers, with guest ales set to return shortly. And CAMRA members visiting The Three Crowns will enjoy a 25p per pint discount Sunday to Wednesday.
The pub’s opening hours will soon be changing, with a return to daytime opening during the week. The change date is yet to be confirmed, but the new hours will be 12noon to 3pm, Tuesday to Friday, followed by 5pm to 11:30pm in the evenings. All day opening will continue at the weekends.
Bar food will also be making a welcome return with lunches being served from 12 noon to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday. The menu will be a mixture of English and Indian food, prepared in the kitchens of the popular Three Spices restaurant that’s located behind The Three Crowns. Freshly-made rolls, crisps and snacks are available now.
Regulars will notice that repainting work has already started and in the coming months, the pub is set for a major makeover that will include new floors and reupholstered furniture. ‘We’re going for a lighter, fresher and more modern look,’ says Max. ‘It’ll look like a different pub by the time we’re finished!’
Other plans to enhance The Three Crown’s customer offering include a new website and social media accounts, special events such as wine-tastings and charity fundraising evenings. All in all, it sounds like everything’s on track to restore the pub to its rightful place as one of the village’s top social spots.
By Faye Stenson