The residents of Padiham are pleased to welcome the new landlord and landlady to The Flying Dutchman, a popular public house for locals.
Ben and Sueanne regular visitors of the Flying Dutchman in Padiham, never dreamed that one day they would be standing at the other side of the bar as landlord and landlady. Due to the previous proprietor retiring unfortunately due to ill health, Ben and Sueanne were able to take on this exciting new opportunity and have already started to make plans to develop this already popular local public house.
Ben's experience comes from Bar Management at a Major Blue Chip public house and eating chain, where Sueanne has spent many years of service in the Armed Forces as a qualified chef, giving her the excellent credentials of working under pressure and to stringent budgets.
With the closure of so many Padiham pubs, residents are in great need of a pub where they can socialise within their local community, be entertained and feel welcome. Ben and Sueanne told us "We want to be very much part of the community, a meeting point for socialising, we have researched our customers and we want to provide a warm atmosphere where people feel welcome".
The year 2012 can only be advantageous for Ben and Sueanne as this summer there are three high end sporting; 2012 European Football Championships, 2012 London Olympics and Six Nations Rugby. All three events are to be covered on the 3 large televisions that are dotted around the rooms and there are already plans to make each event a sociable occasion.
"We are already planning to introduce a full bar menu that offers residents, local businesses and passing trade good wholesome food that has been sourced from local suppliers" Sueanne said, which is no surprise with her background "This Friday we are kicking off the Euro by offering our clientele the opportunity to buy loose, homemade good old potato pie and peas" she laughs "Our regulars have insisted this is their favourite food".
They are both very insistent that although they may be younger than the previous occupier, they have every intention of keeping up the reputation of being a sociable pub, that does not attract a less desirable clientele or under age drinkers.
We wish them every success in their new venture and look forward to seeing their stamp on a good old fashioned Padiham Pub!