Saracens Head returns to life

Terri and Bryan Walker outside the Saracens Head in Hogsthorpe.
Terri and Bryan Walker outside the Saracens Head in Hogsthorpe.

A boarded-up pub in the heart of Hogsthorpe is set to be brought back to life after months laying dormant.

Bryan and Terri Walker have taken on the Saracens Inn as a freehouse with further plans to develop holiday apartments on site for shooting parties.

“Our long term plan is to develop the function room, which has not been used for years, as bedsits and holiday lets for the shooting season,” said Bryan.

“I’m a very keen shooting man and I think this could help bring people into the area during the winter months,”

Having visited the region on holiday on a number of occasions, the couple felt it would be an ideal location to relocate to after Bryan sold his old pub in Milton Keynes around 18 months ago.

“The area is a lovely coastal area and ticked lots of boxes for us,” said Bryan.

The pub, which has been closed since the summer, will be celebrating its official reopening on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, when there will be a disco and an Elvis impersonator performing.

Aside from their shooting plans, Bryan and Terri hope to create a ‘traditional English village pub’.

“We’ve given it a total refurbishment - there’s not a it of it that’s not had a lick of paint, but we’ve kept a lot of the traditional features,” Bryan added.

As dog owners, the couple are also happy for pets to be allowed inside and are keen to create a welcoming atmosphere for families too.

They also intend to transform part of the pub’s car park into a beer garden

Though they plan to serve food, Bryan says it is unlikely to become a gastropub and will focus primarily on traditional pub grub.

Having only recently taken over the pub, Bryan says it is a case of ‘suck it and see’ as to how the pub will develop its future identity.

“Once we find out what people want we will provide it for them,” said Bryan.