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ACOU­PLE have made their vil­lage com pmubun­thitey cweinthtre of tra­di­tional food and events. The Jolly Crick­eters was taken over by Amanda Baker and Chris Lil­li­tou i March 2008.

“We were both in the vil­lage,” said Amanda. “It was all new to us but we wanted the chal­lenge. “It’s been a jour­ney for us.” It is a jour­ney that has gone well fo the pair, as the pub has won award af award.

It won the Pub­li­can New­comer award in 2010, and has been re­warded for its food and ser­vice and named as the best pub.

Amanda thinks this is due to their com­mit­ment to hav­ing a lo­cal pub at the heart of the com­mu­nity and try­ing to ex­cel in all ar­eas.

“We wanted the best food, the best staff and mu­sic. We even have a proper darts team. We wanted to of­fer every­body some­thing.

“We are busy through­out the day, but we have the mums for a cof­fee ear­lier on, then the pub reg­u­lars later for food or drink, then the clubs or those that like mu­sic later.”

The pub has mor­ris danc­ing, a darts team, board games and live mu­sic just to name a few events.

Amanda feels it has be­come ‘a real Bri­tish pub’ show­cas­ing the best lo­cal things.

“We were novices but it shows what you can do. We lis­ten to peo­ple and what they want which is why I think we have done well and peo­ple come back.”

This does not mean that the pub al­ways gets it right the first time.

“We moved our mu­sic to Sun­day af­ter­noon after peo­ple said they would pre­fer that. We also had more fine din­ing food, but peo­ple seem to pre­fer our tra­di­tional English food now. Chris lis­tened with the ales, and we will of­ten go to events to find the best brew­ers and ales.”

The pub con­stantly changes what it of­fers, giv­ing peo­ple dif­fer­ent tastes of ales and beers.

“I think peo­ple re­alised we had this vi­sion and they bought into it. We love it. I think peo­ple think of this as a place to meet. If their car is hav­ing an MOT down the road, or be­fore pick­ing up the chil­dren, a quick catch up or business meet­ing, we see ev­ery­thing.”

Amanda Baker and Chris Lil­i­tou of the award­win­ning Jolly Crick­eters

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