The Walnut Tree in Stowmarket, a bustling town in the beautiful county of Suffolk, is celebrating the re-opening of the pub with the arrival of two experienced licensees, Helen and Ivan Sheldrake following a joint investment with Admiral Taverns, the UK’s leading community pub operator.
The couple joined the industry four years ago, when they launched their own micropub, Beerhouse. Ivan, who is local to the Stowmarket area is excited to offer something different to the town’s pub scene at the Walnut Tree, with a focus on speciality beers and cask ales. With an incredible six ranges of cask and 10 keg lines available, beer fans will be spoilt for choice.
The Walnut Tree’s cosy and relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect social hub for the town and a great place to meet with friends or family for coffee or for a drink at the end of the day. The pub is also home to its own downstairs cinema, complete with comfortable chairs and a screen, which the couple plan to use for future film nights.
The team are proud to take part in the Meet-Up Mondays initiative, which encourages locals to meet new people and make new friends at the pub with a coffee and delicious cake on offer in the afternoons. All ages are welcome.
Additionally, Ivan and Helen will be holding regular ‘Bring a Bottle’ sessions, allowing fans of homebrew beer to bring along their favourite speciality brands and share their knowledge and passion for home-made ales with others – simply bring in a bottle of your choice and locals will even have the chance to meet with expert brewers on-site!
The pub celebrated the re-opening with a fabulous launch night, inviting locals, family and friends to see the results and toast the future of the Walnut Tree.
Licensee Helen Sheldrake commented:
“We’re incredibly excited to be joining the Walnut Tree. We’ve got great ambitions for this pub and we’re proud to be offering something unique to the Stowmarket locals. Ivan and I are also very excited to have this opportunity to build on our expertise of cask ale products and share our passion with the community.”
Business Development Manager for Admiral Taverns, Jean-Paul Russek said:
“Helen and Ivan have a fantastic vision for their pub and it’s exciting to see them thinking creatively and inclusively to best reach the local community. There’s plenty of activities available for every type of customer, as well as a unique drink offering. We wish them every success!”
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