Cheers for ‘new’ pub

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - NEWS -

AF­TER sev­eral years of clo­sure a com­mu­nity pub has re­opened – and it’ll set reg­u­lars back only £2.60 a pint.

The Thorn­tree pub on the Green­way in the Mid­dles­brough es­tate fi­nally re­opened last Fri­day af­ter years of be­ing left derelict.

Af­ter a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment, the pub is un­recog­nis­able. New land­lord is 55-year-old David Dean, a for­mer bit-part ac­tor who fea­tured in the likes of Only Fools and Horses and Ca­su­alty be­fore run­ning his first pub 12 years ago.

He said: “I think this pub in re­cent years has been run as a high street pub in the com­mu­nity when it’s not a high street pub – it’s a com­mu­nity pub.

“It’s about bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether – peo­ple help­ing other peo­ple. It’s some­where peo­ple can come and get to know each other prop­erly.

“We let the kids play foot­ball in the car park. We put the floodlights on for them – so long as they keep it away from the cars and win­dows, what’s the prob­lem?”

David said one of the big­gest sell­ing points of the newly re­fur­bished wa­ter­ing hole is the prices – with most pints cost­ing just £2.60. “I started off at £3 a pint,” he said. “The first night was busy but then the Satur­day and Sun­day were very quiet. Through talk­ing to peo­ple, I kept hear­ing that they thought the prices were too high for the area.

“Since I’ve dropped the prices, it’s been get­ting busier and busier.”

The Thorn­tree Pub on The Green­way, Thorn­tree, Mid­dles­brough

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