Scotton village pub saved by family with ‘local ethos’

After sixth months of negotiations, a Knaresborough chef and his builder brother-in-law have signed on the dotted line to buy the Guy Fawkes Arms at Scotton.

The two families have “put their lives on hold” while trying to buy the popular pub, which villagers campaigned to save.

Former builder Peter Walker said he was so relieved the sale finally went through, and is moving his family up from Norwich in the next few weeks.

He said: “We are just relieved to be in the place now doing the renovations. For our two families, our lives have been on hold for the past six months, we have been told ‘in a few weeks’ over and over.

“We are currently fixing up the beer cellar and the kitchens, the two engine rooms of the pub. They are going to be in tip top condition, starting as we mean to go on,” said Peter.

The former builder, who grew up in Pateley Bridge is moving his family, wife Lisa, daughter Megan, 7, and son Sam, 18, from Norwich to the flat above the pub.

“I am doing it up so it feels like home when they get here, “Unfortunately while the pub has been empty there has been some leaking from the roof. The building has just lacked TLC for the last ten or 15 years, so it needs some work,” said Peter.

The pub will serve Black Sheep ales and will also have four guest ales, which Peter hoped will give the pub the opportunity to support local micro-breweries.

“Keeping things local and supporting local businesses and suppliers is our ethos.”

Martin Peachey, who worked as a chef at Becket’s in Knaresborough will take on the kitchen responsibilities.

Peter said: “He will focus on quality food and local seasonal produce, with something for everyone from sandwich and chips at lunch times to five course meals on evenings.

“My son Sam is an apprentice chef so will finish off his apprenticeship with his uncle at the pub, it’s a real family business.

“My sister Louise and Martin’s daughter Lily is only two, otherwise we’d probably have her working on the build with a roller in her hand!”

Scotton residents launched a campaign, backed by MP Andrew Jones, to save the Guy Fawkes Arms pub after owners, Punch Taverns applied for planning permission to convert the pub for residential use in January 2913..

“We have met some of the locals and they have been so supportive,” said Peter.

“Everyone is just keen for us to open. Being optimistic I want to say it will be open in the first couple of weeks in October.”