The Poacher March 2016 Newsletter

Dear villagers,

May I start by thanking you for the warm welcome myself, Jamie and Roscko have received since we have arrived in Elsworth. As some of you may already know my son Jamie will not be around much first off due to having major leg surgery last week, the good news is he is out of hospital and starting a long and painful rehab process.

I thought a monthly newsletter would be a good idea to let you know what is going on down at your wonderful village pub, so in this month’s edition I will give you some updates on the work going on here, timescales and some dates for your diary’s.

So let me start with what is going on with The Poacher, I have today signed the short term agreement with ‘Punch Taverns’ and the view is to have a full tenancy signed off in three months’ time, this is so all the things that need to be done repairs wise can be carried out before I complete the deal. The Punch sign saying that the pub is available does stay up during this time as all bases have to be covered in case I decide not to take the pub on, but it is just technicality and does not mean I am here temporarily. ‘Punch Taverns’ have put some significant investment into The Poacher over the last year and there is more improvements planned for this year with some work on the garden being one of the areas looked at so it is important for them to get some stability back here. For me this is a long term project and I hope to make Elsworth my new home, I have run village pubs for numerous years now and enjoy the lifestyle and being involved with village life, so you hopefully will have to put up with me for quite a while!

The kitchen will hopefully be open within the next ten days to two weeks, some essential work is being carried out and so I need that all to be completed and checked by Environmental Health before we serve food. The menu will be tradition home cooked pub food, with some theme nights thrown in for fun and a regular Sunday Roast. Obviously I will let you know as soon is the kitchen is ready to go.

Opening times will be as follows until the kitchen opens:

  • Monday to Friday: 5pm until Close
  • Saturday: 12pm until Close
  • Sunday: 12pm until 10.30pm

When the kitchen opens then we will be open 12pm until 2.30pm Tuesday to Friday.

Some people have also asked me about my policy on dogs in the pub during food service, I have already come to realise that Elsworth is very much a dog loving village so dogs will be welcome, but during service I would ask them to be kept on a lead and in the area next to the Gentlemen’s Toilet and the bench seating table. The larger area to the side of the bar and the fireplace will be a ‘No dog area’, signs will be going up in the pub and I hope that clears it up for you.

I am looking for part time staff to help out when we start serving food, bar, waiting and kitchen staff will all be needed, so anyone interested in shifts are welcome to pop in and see me. The main position I am looking to fill is for a cook, you would need your basic food hygiene certificate and to be able to work weekends and busy shifts.

The telephone comes on this Thursday, there may be a new number for the pub but I will circulate this if needed, this should mean that from Thursday we can accept Debit and Credit Cards. The new email for the pub is and the new Facebook page is Elsworth Poacher, please friend us and I will have all the events posted on there and any other information. I am just about to take over the website so that will be updated very soon, go to

I have three events lined up for the coming weeks, so I would love to see as many of you down here as possible:

  • Saturday 19th March: The Poacher Quiz Night! – Monthly Quiz, £1 entry per player, with half of the pot going to the winning team and the other half going to a Monthly Killer Question Kity! 8pm Start
  • Sunday 27th March: Easter Sunday Roast! – A great way to start our Sunday Roasts, 12pm until 5pm, bookings only. I am hoping to do something a little different with the roasts, so I will fill in the details in the next few days.
  • Saturday 23rd April: St George’s Day Quiz! – The Quiz will be themed on all things English with the same format as March’s quiz and start time.

Other events and theme evenings are being planned so keep an eye out for details, once again thank you for all your kind words and support!

Best wishes David, Jamie and Roscko