A 17th-century Somerset pub, forced to close last year due to the cost-of-living crisis, is reopening. The Star in Tickenham closed last October with bosses blaming “unsustainable increases in the cost of living”.

Pub bosses say they had “no choice” but to close due to rising energy costs and supplier price hikes and that they had to subsidize their operation with up to £1000 a week. Now, after six months of being closed, the pub will reopen this spring with a new owner and a new menu.

And the menu looks impressive with gourmet burgers, lobster, and a cocktail lounge. New co-owner Lorynne Heyns said: “We are one big family that was offered the chance to take over.

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“We hope to establish a luxury venue as a restaurant and cocktail lounge in the evenings, while maintaining a family-friendly venue for weekend outings on the terrace. We are looking for local staff from the area and plan to get the place up and running by launching a takeout menu with OG Burgers.”

OG Burgers are gourmet takeout burgers with an American twist, featuring thick beef or lamb patties with toppings like sliced ​​turkey, Monterey jack cheese, sweet chili jam, pickles and ‘inferno’ sauce. Lorynne added: “We want to keep it fresh and local and are shifting focus from being a drinking venue to a restaurant.

“We will also have a small cocktail offering and a selection of beers and ciders, including Asahi beer from Japan. The evening menu will be a fancier setting with dishes including lobster, steak and duck on the menu,” she said, adding that the outdoor terrace will be perfect for family outings in the summer with plenty of space for the kids to play.


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