Two north east publicans have teamed up with Ei Publican Partnerships to reopen The Castle Eden Inn in Hartlepool, Co Durham.
Gail Heslop and Kim Martindale, who are both experienced publicans and well-known in the local area, partnered to breathe new life into the pub, which reopened in mid-August following a joint investment of £170,000 as a community local offering quality food in a relaxed environment.
The main pub area has been refurbished to feature more modern décor and furniture, while the kitchen has been completely refitted with new flooring, tiling and equipment. There is also a private function room which Heslop and Martindale plan to use for more events and register to hold civil ceremonies. Live music will also become part of the offer, with local bands playing regularly at the pub.
“When we heard the pub was available in felt like an opportunity too good to miss,” comments Heslop. “We both have fond memories of our time working here – Kim actually ran the pub when it was a managed house several years ago. So now we have teamed up and, working closely with Ei Publican Partnerships, have settled upon a retail offer that we are confident will prove a winner among locals and new customers.”
“We’re absolutely delighted that Gail and Kim have taken the pub on and are confident they have the skills and experience to be very successful in their new venture,” adds Ei Publican Partnerships regional manager Stuart Ireland. “They are both well-known in the area and are fantastic publicans, so we’re very excited about the reopening and the new look.”