The new tenants, Grahame and Sue Nutt from Holmfirth, Yorkshire, will be moving into the village at the beginning of May, with a view to opening the pub approximately 2-3 weeks later.
They have many years' experience of running rural village community pubs, winning several awards for the quality of their hospitality - and beer! - along the way.
We look forward to welcoming them to the village.
The Hunters Lodge has been at the centre of Cornworthy village life for many years. Cornworthy sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty, near to a tributary of the river Dart, close to the popular riverside villages of Dittisham and Tuckenhay and an easy drive or taxi ride from Totnes or Dartmouth. Cycle route 28 passes very nearby and there are numerous river and country walks/bike rides in the vicinity.
The new owners see a real opportunity for the right tenants to reignite this thriving village pub for the local community and visitors. They are seeking a tenant who is ready to invest their time, energy and ideas into a pub which balances serving an active village community and serving the essential business attracted from elsewhere.
Success will come from providing a thoughtful good quality food offer, having well-kept beers, wines, spirits along with great coffee and soft drinks, welcoming dogs and children, engaging with the local community and running targeted campaigns to widen the pub’s market reach.
Cornworthy is an active and social village with around 300 residents in the village itself and around 500 residents in the parish, which extends to Allaleigh, East Cornworthy, Tideford and parts of Tuckenhay.
There is an array of social actives and clubs in Cornworthy, including table tennis, badminton, a bell ringers’ group, a book club, a history society, WI, flower arranging and thriving allotments. There is also a regular calendar of village events of which the pub has been a cornerstone including sports days, dog shows, quiz nights, village breakfast club, apple days, hog roasts, Halloween parties, village nights in, race nights, fundraising balls, ceilidhs, carol singing and of course Santa’s visit on Christmas eve.
The village resident numbers are boosted in the spring and summer months by Gitcombe holiday cottages (9 cottages accommodating around 54 people), Tuckenhay Mill
(21 cottages, accommodating around 126 people) 3 large guest houses, luxury private rentals, Fingal’s hotel, a number of holiday homes, walkers, cyclists, and campers.
Live Local Eat local
Both the heritage and quality of our food are increasingly important to consumers, you
will find that within a small radius of the Hunters Lodge you can source fresh vegetables, high-quality beef, pork, pork sausages, lamb, free-range eggs and herbs. A little further afield you will find the wines and cheeses of Sharpham, the soft drinks of Luscombe’s, Bert's crisps, Clive’s pies, Dartington dairy, Ben’s organic foods, Brixham fish and chilly chocolate!
Totnes, our nearest town, has been a leading player in the expansion of the organic, local and sustainable food movement.
There is a real opportunity to drive the food offer from this “eat local “perspective which in turn supports the local economy. There will be a balance in offering everyday wholesome food that appeals to your regular customers, who may eat with you fairly regularly, and walkers and families (and their pockets) along with those who seek out signature dishes for special occasions or nights to splash out.
There could also be an opportunity to expand the food offer in the busier months to include afternoon/cream teas - the breakfast club run in 2016 was a massive success!
Events at the Hunters Lodge Inn
A separate income stream could be derived from the expansion of the events market. The pub, in conjunction with a number of external trading spaces, provides an ideal opportunity for this. The garden area will be improved in early April by some levelling to allow for the easy erection of a marquee with the provision of electricity.
Completely refurbished in 2015 the pub has a fully equipped catering kitchen.
The private accommodation is currently configured to provide three comfortable good sized double en-suite letting rooms, with its own entrance and well-equipped private kitchen.
There are 50 covers in the dining area around the bar, a further 40 in the external patio areas with barbecue facilities. A large garden sits above a spacious car park behind the pub and offers further opportunities for events, parties, etc.
At the Heart of the Cornworthy Community and a market reach beyond.
With a love for good beer, good eating and great wines ( ..and great coffee)
Watch out for updates here.
Cornworthy, Totnes, Devon, England, United Kingdom