It was a real pleasure to visit the newly re-opened Royal Oak pub in Nonington. I met with the pub owners Martin and Alistair and discussed their future plans for the development of the Royal Oak and the challenges facing pubs today.
The Royal Oak is a great example of a successful, family-friendly pub. There was a total refurbishment to the bar and kitchen area. The pub has a new 50 seat restaurant and is now looking to take on new staff.
We need to do everything we can to ensure successful local pubs, such as the Royal Oak, are able to stay open and thrive. Last year's cut in beer duty and small business rate cuts are very welcome and a good start. We cannot afford to lose these community assets which are so valuable to local life.
It is fantastic that the Royal Oak has had such a fantastic refurbishment and will continue to remain at the heart of the community in Nonington.
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