Land­lord re­turns to vil­lage

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A PUB land­lord will re­turn to his old stomp­ing ground when he takes over the Ad­mi­ral Rod­ney in Prest­bury.

Ge­off Leigh-Ford and his wife Gill, who own the 15th cen­tury West Arms Ho­tel near Oswestry in North Wales, used to run Thymes Bistro to­gether and Ge­off owned the White House be­tween 1978 and 1985, as well as the Flut­ters.

And now Gill, 57, who was born in Prest­bury and went to Mac­cles­field High School for Girls, and Ge­off, will come back to the place they have fond mem­o­ries of.

The fa­ther-of-four, 69, who has an im­pres­sive half a cen­tury of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, said: “We know a lot of peo­ple in the vil­lage so hope­fully some of our reg­u­lars from back then will pay us a visit.

“When I was at Thymes we used to have all the foot­ballers in – Eric Can­tona, for­mer Manch­ester City cap­tain Keith Curle and Mark Hughes.

“I ex­pect we’ll see some celebri­ties at the Ad­mi­ral Rod­ney too.”

But the cou­ple say they do not have any ma­jor changes planned for the pop­u­lar pub when they take over the reins next month.

Ge­off said: “We are go­ing to keep it pretty much as it is, as Peter and Gail Brady have done a good job of run­ning it.”

He added: “I’m look­ing for­ward to com­ing back to Prest­bury as I’m a north­ern lad.

“We love run­ning pubs as we have al­ways got on with peo­ple very well.”

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