Ox pub given new lease of life

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

ONE of the town’s best known wa­ter­ing holes has a re­ceived a facelift to her­ald the ar­rival of new man­agers.

Claire Mor­ton and Jon Eller­shaw took over The Ox-Fford on Ox­ford Road five months ago.

Be­tween them the couple have man­aged pubs for 23 years all over the coun­try.

But now the pair have pledged to set­tle down in Mac­cles­field and make a go of it at The Ox-Fford.

The pub was re­cently bought by pub com­pany Junc­tion Leisure Ltd from brew­ery Marston’s.

It closed for a week while Claire and Jon and a team of con­trac­tors com­pleted a round the clock re­fur­bish­ment.

As well as re­dec­o­rat­ing, there is new floor­ing and a new bar.

The pub now also has a pie and mash menu fea­tur­ing Pieminster pies. As you would ex­pect there will be a full range of craft and cask beers.

Jon, 41, who orig­i­nally hails from Birken­head, said: “For al­most 20 years I have run pubs all over, Sh­effield, Lon­don, and Fram­ling­ham, which is fa­mous be­cause its where the singer Ed Sheeran comes from.

“Claire and I were of­fered the chance to come to Mac­cles­field and were took it. We didn’t know any­thing about the town when we ar­rived six months ago.

“We worked at the Old Mill­stone and then the Crown in Bolling­ton.

“About five months ago we took over the Ox-Fford and we love it and want to stay. It has been great to give the pub a facelift so we feel we can put our own mark on it.

“We want it to be the heart of the com­mu­nity and would en­cour­age peo­ple to come down and say hello if they’ve not done it be­fore.”

Claire, 21, added: “The Ox’s new look really re­flects our de­sire to sell great food and beer.

“We’re pas­sion­ate about pubs, craft beers and proper pies.

“The Ox now al­lows our cus­tomers to enjoy those things in a crack­ing pub with a mod­ern twist.”

●● The Ox-Fford pub in Mac­cles­field is get­ting a facelift un­der its new man­age­ment

●● Sarah with An­drea Wake­field (left) and Hilary John from Sciz­zor Sis­ters

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