Seven Stones Inn To Reopen Next Year

The Seven Stones Inn on St Martin's

The Seven Stones Inn on St Martin’s

St Martins’ pub will be open again in time for next season.

A Sussex-based couple has bought the Seven Stones Inn. The pub has been closed since July 2012 and, when the hotel closed last year, it left the island without a public bar for locals or visitors.

It’s the first time Dominic and Emily Crees have run their own licensed premises but they have worked in hospitality before.

They’re promising a traditional pub and Emily says they have listened to locals who have told them that well-kept beer and chips in good supply for the islands’ campers is what is needed.

Emily says they know what a good pub is like and she wants locals to feel comfortable there.

Emily currently operates a gardening business and Dom works for a firm that makes glass fittings for kitchens.

He’s fed up of commuting each day from Ticehurst, near Tunbridge Wells, to London. But the pair say they are prepared for life in a small community as they live in an isolated and rural village which often gets cut off in winter.

They have a special connection with Scilly. Emily visited for her 30th birthday and fell in love with the islands, which she says is one of the most beautiful places she has been to. The couple then chose to honeymoon here.

They’re coming over with staff too. Dom’s mum and stepfather, Kathy and Mark, will move over next week, a few weeks before he comes over with Emily.

The pair will rent out what has been the owners’ accommodation to visitors, to help meet the Duchy rent, which she described as “an eye opener.”

They intend to open the inn year-round, with special events and Sunday roasts for locals. They’ll start trading a few weeks before Easter.

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