A POPULAR landlord has taken over a pub following a personal request from one of his regulars.
Steve Kerr from Slaithwaite pub the Rose and Crown will relaunch the Scape House Inn today after its closure two weeks ago.
The surprise move comes just nine months after it was taken over by former Town player Bob Wallace – who vowed to turn it around as a restaurant.
And local ale fans will be celebrating at the news that Steve has managed to convince owners, Marston’s Brewery, to let him operate as a free house.
He has now promised to support local brewers as he bids to revive the flagging pub’s fortunes as a hub for the community.
Said Steve: “One of the local residents rang me and said can you make in-roads into taking it over.
“I wasn’t aware it was available so the fact he’s tipped me off that it was up for sale is great.”
Steve, who has worked in the pub trade for a decade, said he had already taken on a manager and a chef and hoped to create up to six more jobs.
He said: “The locals are just screaming for it to be picked up.
“I think it should be a good pub. The fact that for the last five or six years nobody has ever made it work is a shame.
“The formula to run it right is easy and it’s just about getting it right for the people who live around it.
“It’s an exciting challenge for me.
“I’m very much a community pub man – before I came into the trade I used to love my pub.
“Now I’m in I get massive satisfaction when you get people in enjoying a drink and socialising.”
The pub will launch at tea time today and will then operate Tuesday to Sunday.
A grand opening event is set for January.