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Thursday, 13 October 2011

Local Pub under New Management

Hello again,

Today I wanted to introduce the new manager at our local pub; The Hungry Fox Pub. The pub has gone through so many management changes over the last couple of years, it's nice to have a manager (Paula) that is not only a lovely lady, but really has her heart set on making a success of the business, and truly bringing The Hungry Fox back to life. This will make a huge difference to our local community, and I wish her every success in doing this.


I have eaten with her on a number of occasions since she took over, and I've got to say her home cooking is brilliant, and the menu keeps expanding too, so lots of reason to go back again.



See what she has to say by way of an introduction to the local people:

The Hungry Fox,
Station Road,
Broadclyst Station,
Broadclyst,
Nr Exeter,
Devon,
EX5 3AS,
01392 460832,
07827576538.

Dear Resident of Broadclyst,

As you are aware The Hungry Fox, has changed management yet again. If I am correct I am the sixth manager/ tenant in six years, according to the latest edition of The Broadclyst Broadsheet.

Well if that is the case; let me tell you a little bit about myself & why I have taken on The Hungry Fox Public House, in your village.

My name is Paula & I was born in Plympton nr Plymouth in 1957, so I am 55 years old & have lived in various parts of the Med, Far East & back here in the UK; thanks to my Father who was in the Royal Marines. So as children; with my brother & sister; we traveled with my Mother & Father wherever our Government sent The Royal Marines.

After leaving full time education in 1973; in Chichester West Sussex; I tried my hand at a number of careers, but never settled until the end of that long hot summer in 1976. I found myself entering the catering industry, working in a friend’s Fish & Chip shop in Chichester,

After a number of years, I then progressed to run my first Pub kitchen at The Black Boy Inn, Old Fishbourne, and Chichester. During my time there I put myself through college to earn my City & Guilds.
I spent 9 years working for Jim Lindsay & at times I was running all of his Pub Kitchens.
While still living in West Sussex I also worked for Rank Leisure in one of their Night Clubs & also at The Body Shop factory in the Canteen in Littlehampton.

At the end of 2000, an opportunity to move back to Devon came around, so I took the opportunity to come home.
I first moved back to Ilfracombe on the beautiful North Devon Coast. I worked for seasonal coaching Hotels & The Terrace Tapas Restaurant.

Towards the end of 2003 work took me to Barnstaple at The Cork & Bottle, for nearly 4 years. After leaving I set up with friends, Catering an Outside Catering Company, but also working as a relief Freelance Chef.
The relief work has taken me to a number of establishments here in Devon, namely The Mulberry Inn Cheriton Bishop, The Hoops Inn Nr Bideford, High Bullen Golf Club & Hotel Nr Umberliegh, Shebbear College, Ashwicke Hall International School Nr Bath; both for Sodexo.


This now brings me back to why The Hungry Fox?

When I arrived back from Ashwicke Hall in Early August, Tony Lock; who had just reopened the pub; phoned & asked if I was interested in taking it on, either as an employed manager or would I like to take the lease that he had with Punch Taverns.
I came down from Barnstaple for a couple of weekends to check what the situation was, & I liked what I saw & felt about the Pub & it’s Location.

So I opted for the latter deal & took over the lease on the 29th August 2011.
As you are probably aware the Pub is up for Sale; this is Punch Taverns option if the turnover does not increase to an acceptable level. If the turnover does increase, I will be offered a rolling lease; so if we as a community want to see our local businesses flourish, through these difficult financial times, I need all your support.
I have taken this chance to help turn around The Hungry Fox, because I saw an opportunity to bring back to life a Pub with huge potential that is well known throughout the County.

I have just taken on 5 local bar staff, 3 who have worked here in the past.

The previous manager had gone along with the £3.50p all day carvery. We as a Local Pub; which serves good home cooked food at reasonable prices; have put in place an initial menu.

This menu includes Starters, Steaks, Fresh Fish, Pasta, Homemade Burgers, Home cooked Ham, etc along with Hand Cut Chips
But also check out our specials board for something else that is Home cooked or different.

Please call in for a drink, coffee or a meal & please make yourself known to me & my team, so we will hopefully remember you on your next visit.

All Major Debit and Credit cards now accepted.

Also we are developing a small Take Away Menu. A sample of this is included.

Yours            
                                                      
Paula Susan Milton.               
          



Take Away Menu.
Please see below a selection of food available for take away:

Beer Battered Cod & Chips……………………………….......................... £5.00p
Whole tail Breaded Scampi & Chips………………………………………  £5.95p
Two Pork Sausages & Chips……………………………………................   £4.95p
Home Made Burger in a Bap & chips……………………………………..   £5.95p
Three Pork Sausages, Mash & Onion Gravy………………….………..….  £5.95p
Sweet N Sour Chicken & Rice or Noodles…………………..……….…… £6.95p
The Hungry Fox Chicken & Vegetables……………………..……….……  £6.95p
9” Thin & Crispy Pizza……………………………….................................  £6.95p
9” Deep Pan Pizza - Cheese & Tomato ………..........................................   £6.95p
                                  Pepperoni………............................................. extra    £1.00p
                                  Ham & Pineapple…………............................  extra    £1.00p
Vegetable Fried Rice with Sweet N Sour Sauce……………….……….....  £6.95p
Portion of Chips………………………………...........................................   £1.50p
Portion of Cheesy Chips………………………………..............................   £1.95p

Now that you can see what Paula has to offer why not pop across for a visit and try some good home cooking while you're there; I'm really close by too so you could pop in for a close up of your favourite quilts at the same time!

Hope to see some of you local people in there soon.
Signing off for today

Felicity xx

2 comments:

  1. It looks fabulous and if I wasn't so far away I'd pop in for some veggies and brew! Great post.

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  2. Thank you, I love the friendliness of the new manager

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