Lincoln village pub to turn into gin and cocktail bar

A village pub near Lincoln will transform into a gin and cocktail themed bar with a modern twist when it is taken over by new owners later this month.

Steve and Stuart Parker, who are aged 39 and 35, are now involved in running The White Hart pub on Metheringham High Street, which their parents have owned and formerly ran themselves for around 13 years. The family ran it until 2017 before deciding to lease it out to tenants.

The pub temporarily closed due to coronavirus before the most recent tenants moved onto pastures new elsewhere in the county towards the end of June.

The new landlords will be formally announced in the near future and, alongside Steve and Stuart, they already have big plans.

Stuart Parker inside The White Hart after the ceiling was taken down during an extensive refurb at the Metheringham pub.

Extensive refurbishment works began at the White Hart pub in Metheringham in July.

The family have so far invested £25,000 and the pub aims to reopen with its new look in time for the August Bank Holiday weekend (from August 29). The new bar will also create two to three new jobs for local people.

Work started in July, including a full restoration of all walls and the ceiling, redoing the toilets, extensive alterations to the bar, renovating outside including the beer garden, as well as modernising the decor and lighting inside.

A cocktail menu is also currently being designed and the drinks menu will include wines from around the world.

The new landlords want to put their own stamp on the pub with a new menu of hearty English food with a twist and modern basket tapas style meals.

The progress so far as the refurbishment continues at The White Hart pub in Metheringham.

Paul Oliver, Steve Parker and Ross Taylor working hard on the refurb at The White Hart pub in Metheringham.

Director at the pub Steve told The Lincolnite once they learnt the former tenants were leaving, they decided they needed to bring the pub back to life with new landlords at the helm and a modern twist.

He said: “It is really exciting to see something so modern come to a village location and for moving the business forward. We look forward to welcoming villagers and locals to the new look White Hart.”

The brothers will work with the three other pubs and squash club in the village to make sure they can help each other trade, and all offer something different.

Steve and Stuart are involved in the family business Parker Group Holdings, which includes the pub, the Dyno Centre (a hi-tech motorcycle and ATV rolling road test facility) and KPPMS Ltd (project management company).

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