A Nottinghamshire community pub has changed its name back to The Wheatsheaf – almost five years after it was controversially renamed.

Some people in Newark were unhappy when the pub became The Clay Tavern, in 2015.

But it has now reverted to its original moniker as part of a £35,000 facelift by market-leading community pub operator Hawthorn Leisure.

The Slaughterhouse Lane pub also has new managers, husband-and-wife Paul and Helen Fox, who have run pubs for the past four years, and who have long been fans of the picturesque market town.

“We both have motorbikes,” said Helen, “and we’d regularly ride out to Newark, which we’ve always liked. It’s a lovely place, and when the opportunity arose to run The Wheatsheaf we jumped at it.

“We’re very family-oriented, and we’re looking forward to putting our stamp on the pub, welcoming back regular customers, and attracting new ones at the same time.”

Before moving into the pub industry, Paul worked in a furniture manufacturer’s warehouse, while Helen was a care support worker.

Inside The Wheatsheaf, the bar has been opened up to create a more spacious feel and the toilets have been brought up-to-date; while outside there is new signage, and the beer garden has been improved.

The pub, which reopens on Friday 20 September, offers a comprehensive range of beers, ciders and spirits, and shows live sports and horse racing on three screens via Sky Sports, BT Sport, Racing UK and At the Races.

There is also a dart board and pool table, and Paul and Helen hope to see new darts and pool teams formed. Live weekend entertainment is planned, too, including karaoke, discos and music.

Hawthorn Leisure operates more than 650 community pubs across England, Scotland and Wales owned by specialist leisure and retail property company NewRiver.

Managing director of operations Mark McGinty said: “This is a classic, traditional community pub with a loyal regular clientele, and Paul and Helen are clearly very enthusiastic about running a pub in a place they have enjoyed visiting for many years.

“We’ll now help them as they work to open up The Wheatsheaf to a wider customer base, and support them in running a successful, sustainable business.”

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