I’m sure people can put me right and if you have any stories of the pubs past, please get in touch!
This is where I can’t find out too much, but I gather the pub was bought by a Yorkshireman who in honour of his heritage renamed it! Our great friends Chris and Maggie Hine had the pub in the eighties and knowing those pair I’m sure many a good night went on into the early hours whilst they were at the helm.
We bought the pub in October 2007 and refurbished it to how it is today. The kitchen is run by Head Chef Dan Evans alongside his team which includes Dawn Keeling, Steven Butterworth and Harriet Lowe. Our kitchen team us all locally sourced produce with our meat supplied by Johnsons of Yoxall butchers and bread from Amerton Bakery at Amerton Farm.
This is complemented by our local beer brewed by Blythe Brewery
, just up the road at Hamstall Ridware. The most popular is Palmers Poison, named after Rugeley’s famous serial murderer Dr Palmer, who poisoned many of his patients. Our lager is brewed just up the road in Abbots Bromley “Freedom Brewery”
we stock Freedom 4, Freedom Organic and Freedom Stout.
The pub is managed by Rachael Middleton, who joined us on our opening night as a sixteen year old trainee waitress; five years on she is now running the place! Assisted by John Dale, and many “locally sourced” part time staff.
Jo and John can still be found behind the bar with of course, Dahl our lazy greyhound, dozing in the corner.