A new team has taken over the running of the Ringles Cross pub.
Lauren Pinkney will be managing the pub on behalf of Shem and Liz Gardner and her aim is to build it a reputation as a welcoming friendly pub whether you would like a cup of coffee, a pint or dinner.
Casual dining will be the order of the day and people are invited in to sit, relax and enjoy light bites and good home-cooked food.
Shem and Liz already run The Hope Inn, a successful pub at Newhaven, and Lauren has worked with them for three years.
“Lauren knows our ethos and standards and will do a good job here in Uckfield,” said Shem.
Lauren said she had already moved in, after taking over the pub on Monday, and she was looking forward to the challenge of new beginnings both for her and for the Ringles Cross.
She added: “We are building a new team at the Ringles to produce a home-cooked menu alongside pub snacks. Do pop in for a Ploughman’s or a Toasted panini with home-made coleslaw.”
The menu at the Hope includes regular pub classics such as fish and chips, burgers, pies, sausage and mash, and it is envisaged similar dishes will be offered here. There will also be sharing platters and sandwiches at lunchtime.
On the specials board there is likely to be fresh fish, plaice and pan-fried salmon, liver and bacon, stews, curries, lasagnes and meat balls.
There will still be music at the pub, indeed lots of the band that have played at the Ringles have also played at the Hope, and as time goes on the Gardners and Lauren hope to build on the music offering.
They feel it is important to be a community pub and at the Hope they have been able to do a lot of good through fund-raising. They hope to be able to do that in Uckfield too.