Archives Month: July 2016

We keep hearing about the demise of village life and the closure of our traditional pubs, well read on for a happy ending –

After years of the Olde Forge Inn at Curry Rivel being neglected, the local Macey family acquired the premises. For eighteen months workmen were seen coming and going. The roof was re-tiled, a major extension was constructed, in blue lias stone, to house the new kitchen and all the doors and windows were replaced in oak.

The thirsty inhabitants of the village wondered if the pub would ever re-open. Eventually, numbers of woodburners were seen being installed and the courtyard garden was planted up and paved. Excitement continued to rise but still no opening.

When staff training commenced the buzz reached fever pitch – then the doors opened. That was just five weeks ago. What did the locals think of their re-named “Firehouse”? Let me put it this way – Somerset is the new Cotswolds.

As you enter the pub a large stone fired pizza oven greets you, with 3 chefs boarding up a range of thin based pizzas, which you can customise. If you can’t get a baby sitter you can collect and eat while watching your footie or Celebrity Masterchef.

The Firehouse is stylishly furnished on several floors, but check out their web site for the gallery and their menu – be sure to try the homemade pork scratchings with apple sauce while you are deciding whether it’s a steak or a burger you want.

Since opening, the place has been rammed. Kate Macey and her new husband Ed have a real winner on their hands. Birthday parties, guys dropping in after work, girls leaving the old man babysitting while they catch up on the goss over glasses of Prosecco, all are made to feel welcome and wanted.

Hopefully, in this era of post-Brexit we will all learn the lesson that the UK is infinitely more successful when we concentrate on delivering quality. Think of retail, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, John Lewis. Think of the motor industry, Aston Martin, Rolls and Range Rover. Fashion and design etc, etc. We Brits know how to deliver on quality and style and the whole World loves us for it.

At Armada we have spent over 40 years helping and encouraging SMEs to build their businesses on quality.