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Customers will be put first as Paul takes over

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

By Jenny Moody


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A POPULAR Marchington pub with a ‘great reputation’ is now under new ownership after being brought by an experienced licensee.

Paul Needham is now the new owner of The Dog and Partridge, in Church Lane, offering a range of cast ale and home cooked food.

No stranger to the pub scene, the 54-year-old had seven successful years as leaseholder of the Unicorn Inn, in Newton Solney, and he opened the Wherehouse music venue in Derby in the 1990s.

Mr Needham said: “The Dog and Partridge has a great reputation as a successful village pub at the heart of the community, and we’ll be aiming to build on that as we look to the future.

“As a leaseholder, you’re always at the mercy of the pub company as to how far you can go and what you can do.

“The fact that we’ll own the Dog and Partridge gives us much more freedom to do the things we know are successful, for the benefit of customers old and new.

“We hear so much about pub closures, especially in rural communities, but there is definitely a market for a traditional village pub where the simple things are done right good beer and good food in clean, pleasant surroundings where the customers are put first.” The pub has also welcomed award-winning chef Mark Alexander, who formerly worked at the Olive Tree, in Burton, to provide customers with top quality food.

At the Unicorn, the landlord built a reputation for excellent real ale and food, combined with a series of successful summer and winter beer festivals.

In Marchington he will offer something similar for real ale lovers with Bass and Sharp’s Doom Bar among the fixtures on the bar, along with what Mr Needham said will be a revolving cast of guest ales.

The menu will range from pub snacks to a full a la carte selection, often using locally-sourced ingredients.

Know for his passion for live music, this will soon be part of the village pub.

Mr Needham said: “That will definitely play a part at the Dog and Partridge at some point, though on a small scale on Sunday evenings in the new year.

“We’re sad to be leaving the Unicorn and Newton Solney in some ways, but coming here is a great opportunity and we look forward to being very busy over the Christmas period.” The Dog and Partridge underwent a £32,000 interior refurbishment in 2009, following several years under a succession of licensees. A series of welcome events is now being held at the pub, for locals and visitors.

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