Development company boss snaps up popular Lincolnshire pub

Bottle and Glass, a popular village pub restaurant in Harby, Lincolnshire, has been bought by a local developer.

The bottle and jar will reopen on April 15th after James Kirby, who owns development company Stirlin, bought the venue from its previous owners, the Wig & Miter Group.

Kirby bought the bar with a friend and business colleague after hearing about the opportunity through a mutual friend of the previous owner, Valerie Hope.

He said, “The acquisition has been a wonderful opportunity to venture into the hospitality industry as we near the end of an incredibly challenging time. With reason to be optimistic, I believe that this is exactly the right time to invest in the sector and I am delighted to be able to invest in such an exceptional pub. “

An initial redevelopment program has been in place over the past six weeks, mainly focused on providing customers with an upgraded and enhanced outdoor space to enjoy in the first phase of the restrictions lift next week.

Kirby added, “A key element of the renovation job was to capture and maintain the traditional charm and character of the much loved pub. The pub will remain under the same management and we will keep the existing team of skilled and passionate staff. Our goal is to continue building the pub’s fantastic reputation while improving the offerings and facilities for our customers. “

Former pub owner Valerie Hope said, “The Bottle and Glass was the latest acquisition by The Wig and Miter Pub Group and we were very excited. We particularly enjoyed developing the pub and building the microbrewery. It has been difficult to make a decision to sell but we are thrilled and excited about what is sure to be a brilliant renovation. James has an eye for the future and is committed to our team that has helped us build the reputation the pub enjoys today. We wish everyone success and look forward to seeing it thrive under this new dynamic ownership. “

Daniel Woodhouse, who manages the bottle and glass, said, “I’m very happy that James has taken over the pub. His passion and expertise assure me that the pub is in excellent hands and I’m looking forward to its promising future. “

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