Highly-praised Northamptonshire village pub reopens

The Tollemache Arms has received high praise since it reopened last month.
The Tollemache Arms has received high praise since it reopened last month.
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The co-owner of a village pub which has recently reopened says the public response has “been a dream come true”.

Nick Bonner owns the Tollemache Arms in Harrington with colleague Joe Buckley, which opened for business again on October 16 after being shut for three months.

After attracting more than 150 visitors on its opening night, business has gone from strength to strength – and Nick says the response has been amazing.

He said: “Since we’ve opened the trade has been incredible, far better than we could have hoped for.

“It’s always been a beautiful building and we wanted to keep it looking lovely and its reputation intact.

“We want to keep this as a real village pub where people pop in for a drink and it’s taken some extensive building work.

“It’s really nice to be appreciated by the villagers as well.”

The pub has received high praise for its restaurant menu, which focuses on local ingredients.

Nick and Joe have looked at restaurant trends in London, such as gourmet burgers and steaks, and brought them to the pub.

Nick added: “We source the freshest local ingredients and make everything here from scratch.

“Our meat comes from a local butchers and we let our dough prove for two days here.

“We recently had 100 covers for Sunday lunch and that speaks for itself.”