Graham Evans MP re-opens village pub

I was delighted to have officially re-opened The Hare & Hounds in Crowton. It was great to visit the Hare & Hounds and see the transformation first hand. A vibrant pub can play a really positive role in the community, so it’s fantastic to see this one getting a new lease of life.

It has re-opened with a stunning new look and new publicans at the helm, who are determined to ensure it remains a focal point for the village. An investment of more than £200,000 is set to put the Crowton pub back at the heart of the local community.

Having successfully run the Farmers Arms at nearby Kelsall for the last four years, Peter Wilkinson and his partner Gill Dale have teamed up with national pub company Punch to bring a new lease of life to the Hare & Hounds.   

Peter, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the licensed trade around Cheshire and the Wirral, said: “I’ve lived and worked in this area for most of my life and so I’ve known the Hare & Hounds for many years.

“It’s a great traditional pub in a lovely location. Pubs like the Hare & Hounds are few and far between and I am really looking forward to welcoming back customers and showing them the range of improvements that have been made.”

The Hare & Hounds has been fully redecorated inside and out, including several improvements to the garden area. It will serve a range of quality ales and wines and home cooked food at reasonable prices. Some six new jobs have also been created as part of the investment.

Peter and Gill are lining up a number of social events and functions, including quiz nights and live entertainment, and have plans to resurrect the village’s popular duck race.

Peter added: “We really want the Hare & Hounds to be the focal point for village life – somewhere that people can meet-up and enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed and welcoming environment.”