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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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Ulverston landlord vows to banish brawlers from his pub

THE new landlord of a troubled Ulverston pub says he is determined to tackle its reputation for trouble.

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ZERO TOLERANCE Landlord Tom Henderson at the Grapes Pub in Ulverston and, right, the exterior of the pubJON GRANGER REF: 50044481B000

The Grapes, in Market Street, has had a chequered past but the new landlord said he will not stand for incidents like the brutal assault that came to light in a recent court case.

CCTV emerged this week of a violent attack, that originated in the pub, which occurred before Tom Henderson took charge of the premises in November.

He said his business is being harmed by incidents like the attack that saw three men, including local businessman Jonathan Chapman, go before a magistrates after an alcohol-fuelled brawl.

Mr Henderson said: “We have got a zero-tolerance approach to any nonsense.”

Since taking charge he has tried to entice a different sort of customer into the pub.

Mr Henderson said: “I came in here to turn the pub around and since then we have implemented a few changes.”

The people who come in, he said, notice the difference, but the problem lies with those who still see it as somewhere people go ‘looking for trouble’.

Mr Henderson added: “People think about what has happened in the past. But we had a fairly trouble-free Christmas and any nonsense has been immediately reported to the police.”

The pub is signed up to the local Bar Watch scheme and Mr Henderson said he has a good relationship with the nearby Piel Castle pub.

“It is important there is good communication between us,” he said.

Mr Henderson hopes that a greater focus on serving real ale, offering live music and providing a generally more family-friendly environment will help him improve the pub’s image.

He said: “People have commented to me, saying it seems more family friendly.”

Anyone caught causing trouble in an Ulverston pub is liable to be banned from entering any premises signed up to the Bar Watch scheme.

Have your say

Aye it's changed alright - it's boarded up!

Posted by outlaws on 29 October 2013 at 01:25

Why just a bar-watch ban? Just moves the problem somewhere else for others to put up with. Magistrates should back-up the trade and apply legal bans to individuals for any premises licenced in all the Furness area that sell alcohol for consumption on those premises, and sanctions on any premises discovered knowingly serving them.

Posted by Bazza on 17 February 2013 at 09:20

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