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In 1983, Paul Hodges – then 14 years old – moved into The Bull’s Head in Cosby with his family. His Dad, Brian, had become the new landlord of the popular Leicestershire community pub.

Back then, Paul had no idea he would be spending 37 years at that very same pub. Paul followed in his father’s footsteps and became the landlord in 2001.

Despite it being the most difficult time for hospitality and pubs in particular right now, we have continued to be proactive in our approach and have welcomed new business owners taking over eighteen pubs since the start of lockdown back in March.

”It’s been a challenging time and we are immensely proud of how our business owners have responded with such positivity and many have actually become the heart of their community more so now, than ever.” says Everards Operations Director Emma Roderick.

We have seen our business owners turn their hands to offering take away food and drink, some have operated as village shops or held markets in their car parks, others became collection points for Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland.

As well as being there for their community they have also taken the time to do the jobs that were not possible when open, creating a fresh new look and beautiful gardens for their customers to enjoy and even now, with the recent announcements many are decorating their pubs to celebrate the festive season for their community to bring some festive cheer as they walk past, even where the pubs are closed.

“The wonderful thing is” says Emma, “Our business owners have really pulled together sharing advice, tips and ideas via our closed Facebook group and it’s been so nice to see this online community build stronger connections. We have also used this group to offer lots of support and share guidance alongside our other methods.”

As we continue to evolve and invest in our pubs, other independent businesses and our new state of the art brewery in Leicestershire - which is due to open next spring - we look set for an exciting and bright future ahead and are always looking to chat to positive, forward thinking people who would like to be part of our journey and the future of hospitality.

If you are interested in running your own pub business or ready to take the next step with your own independent business, we would love to chat!

To find out more, please get in touch here.

Or take a look at the current pubs we have available here.

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