Old Town Inn’s New Landlord Outlines Plans For The Pub’s Future

paul evans old town innThe new Landlord of the Old Town Inn says he’s looking forward to playing his part in community life.

And he’s promising pubgoers pastries and puddings to go with their pints.

Paul Evans has moved from Northamptonshire with his wife Margaret.

The couple share years of hospitality experience and they wanted to get back into the pub trade after 15 years in paper distribution.

He trained as a pastry chef at the Mayfair in London and they also ran the family pub in the Lake District.

He’ll be producing all of his own puddings and has some signature dishes, such as mille feuille and Black Forest gateau that he’d like to serve their customers.

Paul says they’d been visited Scilly previously on a long weekend and loved it, although they hadn’t returned for some time.

But when they saw that the pub was on offer, they decided to go for it.

The unique way of life in Scilly was a big attraction.

It’s like going back to the 1950’s, he says, and he’s impressed that everyone knows each other, there’s no crime and people leave their doors unlocked.

Paul’s confident about taking on the business now and feels there’s an upward turn in the economy.

He’s also impressed with the work of the Islands’ Partnership, which he says is putting the islands ‘on the map’ with visitors.

The couple will be investing in new toilets at the front and back of the pub. They’ll improve the wooden flooring and bar area, and they want to upgrade the beer garden.

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