From the Redlion to the Reform Inn
Wow how time has flown since we acquired the pub The Red Lion back in Jan 2014. We both endured a very steep learning curve in order to get everything up and running smoothly as we both came from very different back grounds, but a love for good food, high quality service and the pub itself along with incredible support from family, friends and customers got us through the early days and we soon found our groove.
Between the two of us we have always strived to make the pub a hub for customers old and new where they can come and escape with a menu that only uses the best local and fresh ingredients, friendly staff who greet everyone with a smiley face and a warm atmosphere.
We feel we achieved this but wanted to take the pub to the next level so Nick and his son Callum worked hard behind the scenes for several months before we shut the doors in Jan 2018 and embarked on the hardest, craziest and also most humbling 3 weeks of our lives. We were astonished by the support and encouragement that was sent our way with friends and family working away until 2am most nights before going to their day jobs the next morning. The pub reopened on the 29th Jan with the name The Reform Inn, the pubs original title from 1851 and one that we felt reflected perfectly all the reformations that were carried out.
The Reform Inn still has its country traditional feel which has always been very important to us but has now been coupled with a flash of modern flair. We implemented some real novel features to show off the pubs history such as opening up a ceiling to reveal original oak trusts and installing three glass panels to allow customers to look down into the working underground cellar. These changes work wonderfully alongside a bar area that wouldn’t feel out of place in a top city restaurant. We also installed three booths in the dining area to allow a more personal experience that are fittingly separated by wooden boskins to give homage to the fact that the dining room used to be a cow shed and we have also introduced a snug area around the fire place with cosy Chesterfield Sofas which is perfect for anyone calling in for a coffee, a few drinks or wanting to chill before or after a meal.
As well as the structural changes we have rebranded the pub with the name and slogan The Reform Inn; Come Join The Movement but again we were very careful not to lose the pub that everyone knew and loved, we just wanted to build on the good foundations.
The Food Menu still has the classics that always go down a treat but we have worked hard with our talented chefs and added some new and exciting dishes keeping things fresh and interesting. A delicious range of cocktails have been introduced and one of the biggest most exciting changes is our new hours - we are now open 7 days a week, serving food from 12pm all day.
So far the feedback has been amazing and we couldn’t have been happier with the results but don’t take our word for it – Come Join The Movement and come on up to see for yourself, we would love to know what you think.
Lucy & Nick
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Open Daily 12-11pm
Serving Food Mon -Sat: 12-9pm
The Reform Inn
Anchors Lane, Thorncliffe, Leek, ST13 7LP.