Harrogate based family run pub looks to fight back with village help

The Joiners Arms in Hampsthwaite are feeling confident of a positive future following a tough 18 months due to the global pandemic.

Tuesday, 31st August 2021, 12:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd September 2021, 11:40 am
The Joiners Arms can be found on the High Street in Hampsthwaite

Rebecca Cranage and her husband Tony, along with their two sons Taylor and Jake took over the pub four years ago and Rebecca has admitted it has been a tough four years.

“It’s been really hard throughout the pandemic as we also live above the pub so it wasn’t just at risk of losing our business, but also losing our family home.

“Me and my husband are cooking all the meals and my sons help out who are just 10 and 15 years old, and we have a couple of full-time members of staff and the rest we rely on students and local residents who live in the village.

Rebecca and her husband Tony, along with their sons Taylor and Jake took over the pub four years ago

"We have worked really hard to pull ourselves through and we continue to do so with a very limited team of staff who have been brilliant throughout and we couldn’t have asked for better.”

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A number of pubs and restaurants across the United Kingdom are being forced to close due to a national hospitality staff shortage.

Despite reopening for limited hours, Rebecca believes that community spirit has helped the family run establishment to get back on track and continue to be successful.

Rebecca said: “We’ve been really lucky with the fact that Hampsthwaite has a really good community spirit and everyone pulls together.

“A lot of local residents from the village have come back in and are really supporting us, especially when it comes to our carvery on a Sunday as that is really popular and can get really busy.

“We are just a small family run business, it is literally just the four of us and we have been here for almost four years now and obviously it has been the hardest four years, especially with the fact we were new for the first year and then Covid hit.

“It has been really hard but hopefully we are on the up now and we are just looking forward to the future.”

It is now more important than ever to support local businesses through this tough time.

The Joiners Arms is a family run establishment where everyone is welcome, serving homemade meals five days a week, including a delicious carvery on a Sunday, along with a range of cask ales, refreshing beers, wines and ciders.

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