A new chapter in the life of the Cross Keys began on 24th November 2017 when it finally passed into the hands of the Shareholders of Redgrave Community Society Limited. It had now become a community pub, owned by more than 240 people.
Fortunately, the pub was structurally sound, but in need of considerable work cosmetically which was largely achieved through the hard work of willing volunteers over the course of the next few months. Work commenced with the spacious staff flat upstairs followed by the public rooms downstairs.
While the refurbishment was underway, the positions of Manager and Chef were advertised and interviews took place between Christmas and New Year. Georgina Earland was appointed as the General Manager, and Naomi Miller-Howard as Chef. They commenced employment on 22nd January and had about five weeks to do the necessary spadework to fully prepare the pub for business.
The Cross Keys opened its doors again on 3rd March 2018, firstly with drink sales only, but followed a few days later with a full restaurant menu. Georgina and Naomi are supported by a limited number of paid staff and a group of approximately 24 volunteers who provide table service and tend the bar on a rota basis.
The pub is now a vibrant hub within the community, continuing to offer an ever-increasing variety of activities and themed nights to appeal to the wide-ranging interests of those it serves.
Within the first three months the Cross Keys was awarded the TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence. High praise indeed for this new community pub!
If you would like to get involved in the running of the pub as a volunteer, Georgina would be delighted to hear from you.
Tel: 01379 779822