Good news in Scotton’s fight to save pub

The Guy Fawkes Arms, Scotton.   (111013M2a)

The Guy Fawkes Arms, Scotton. (111013M2a)

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A Knaresborough chef and his family have stepped in to save a much-loved village pub after an impassioned campaign from the village.

Martin Peachey, until recently chef at Becket’s in Knaresborough, his wife Louise, brother-in-law Peter Walker and his wife Lisa, are in talks to buy the Guy Fawkes Arms in Scotton.

The Guy Fawkes has been under threat of closure since current owners, pub giant Punch Taverns, applied for planning permission which would let them convert the building into a family home.

But residents and pub regulars launched a campaign to save the historic pub - the last left in the village - and Martin and his family read about the fight in the Post’s sister paper, the Harrogate Advertiser.

They visited and “fell in love” with the Guy Fawkes, and hope to sign on the dotted line next week.

“Until the contract is signed nothing is certain, but we are as sure as we can be,” Martin said.

“We have met the campagners and they have been absolutely fantastic.”

Once the sale goes through they plan to close for two months to refurish, and reopen as a pub and restaurant in July.