This April 2015 marks two years since Victoria MacDonald took over The Cellar House and things are going from strength to strength for the Eaton local.
Perhaps the seasonally-changing menu, guest beers and regular live music are some of the reasons why The Cellar House appears to be bucking the trend of British pubs closing down (The British Beer & Pub Association says up to 29 UK pubs close every week)?
Victoria comments: “It’s a great pleasure to be the custodian of such a vibrant community pub. We still have many more exciting plans and are looking forward to another great summer here at The Cellar House.”
This late May Bank Holiday Weekend (22nd – 25th May), The Cellar House is holding its first Beer Festival in the form of ‘Ale In The Vale’. The 4-day event will see numerous Real Ales, live music, children’s entertainment and BBQs (weather permitting!) at the pub.
Says Victoria: “‘Ale In The Vale’ will be a lovely, local celebration that we hope to make an annual event. It will provide a good opportunity to showcase our lovely village to others”.
The Cellar House has seen several changes since Victoria took the keys in April 2013. An initial refurbishment inside and out made the pub a more appealing space to meet, eat and drink. Happily, the original character of the Grade II Listed building (originally listed as The Two Brewers from around 1843) is still evident throughout.
“We have a really hardworking, conscientious team here, both in the kitchen and on the bar. We all really feel a sense of responsibility the the Pub and the customers who come here”.
“A pub used to be the social centre of the local community”, adds Victoria, “That’s certainly how we wish The Cellar House to be viewed.”