The Don­key work is al­most fin­ished

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ @CHeeds1

ASCARISBRICK pub is to re­open un­der the own­er­ship of an Orm­skirk man who has worked with He­ston Blu­men­thal and Tom Ker­ridge.

Matt An­drews, the new owner of The Kick­ing Don­key, said he in­tended the pub to be an el­e­gant yet com­fort­able place to meet, eat and chat with friends and fam­ily.

The 25-year-old said: “We’re work­ing hard to re­fur­bish the pub to get as much nat­u­ral light in as pos­si­ble and make it feel a lot more spa­cious, with­out los­ing the mar­vel­lous char­ac­ter of the old, cosy pub.”

There will be no TVs, loud mu­sic, gam­ing ma­chines, or pool ta­bles, to cre­ate space for guests to en­joy food and drink in a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere.

Dogs will also be wel­come in the bar area.

The re­open­ing is ex­pected to cre­ate 12-15 jobs.

Matt said: “We will be serv­ing de­li­cious, lo­cal, sea­sonal food all freshly pre­pared, as well as hav­ing some crack­ing real ales and lagers, stun­ning wines, and a back bar crammed full of spir­its.

“We’ve got a beau­ti­ful, south­fac­ing gar­den for those evening G&Ts and a bar­be­cue or two, and when things turn chilly we’ll have three roar­ing log fires for those cosy, win­ter get-to­geth­ers.”

Matt, who stud­ied French at univer­sity in Sh­effield and lived in France for two years, did work ex­pe­ri­ence as a chef in sev­eral pres­ti­gious kitchens, in­clud­ing Tom Ker­ridge’s The Hand and Flow­ers, and He­ston Blu­men­thal’s The Hinds Head.

He has also worked in a one Miche­lin star kitchen in Der­byshire.

Shortly af­ter this, he worked as a pub man­ager for Brun­ning and Price, which owns The Spar­rowhawk in Formby, among other pubs.

Matt said: “Hav­ing come from be­ing a man­ager for Brun­ning and Price (Spar­rowhawk), I’m go­ing to be gen­eral man­ager at the pub, but I used to be a chef in a Miche­lin star kitchen and am ob­sessed with food, so I’ll be help­ing de­sign all the menus along­side the kitchen team.”

Matt is ex­cited to be­gin his first in­de­pen­dent ven­ture and is grate­ful he has the op­por­tu­nity to do so on his “home turf”.

He said: “When I saw the Kicker come on the mar­ket, I just had to go for it.

“I’m a very pos­i­tive and cheery chap, I love all things food and drink, se­ri­ously love meet­ing peo­ple and look­ing af­ter them, and can’t wait to re­open The Kick­ing Don­key.”

A date for the re­open­ing has not yet been an­nounced, but Matt said that it should be at the end of this month.

The Kick­ing Don­key, a Scaris­brick pub, is be­ing re­opened by new owner, Matt from Orm­skirk

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