'I want this pub to give something back to the community'
A NEW landlord at The Jubilee Inn hopes to bring a "community feel" to the Sizzling brand pub.
Dave McMullan, who previously ran The Matrix for seven years, will bring live bands and charity fundraising events for residents to enjoy.
The Mitchells and Butlers pub on Wybers Wood raised about £1,500 from the jubilee bank holiday weekend for St Andrew's Hospice, The Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital's neonatal unit and Macmillan Cancer Support.
"The neonatal unit is close to my heart because my son Charlie was cared for there for six weeks," said Dave, 43.
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"The last bank holiday weekend was a huge success with artists such as Complete Weller playing in a trailer outside.
"The six live bands all played for free, for charity, which was fantastic.
"There was a bouncy castle, face painting and a barbecue for the whole family to enjoy.
"We are already planning August bank holiday with more live music and a bouncy castle for children.
"I am even organising a bungee jump in the car park ... and I certainly want to take up the challenge!"
As well as a new landlord, a new experienced kitchen manager, Paul Robinson, who has worked at The Wheatsheaf and The King's Head, is now cooking up sizzling food at The Jubilee Inn.
"It's great to have an experienced kitchen manager on board. We want people to come in, relax, and enjoy the food," added Dave.
"We have a new summer menu and the Season 'N' Shake cuisine is proving very popular with customers.
"You can choose chicken coated in smoky BBQ, spicy fajita or mild herb paprika. And customers also get the choice of sides such as coleslaw and salsa sauce."
Dave hasn't run a community pub before and he wanted "a new challenge". He explained: "I like the area the pub is in, and I wanted to run a traditional pub.
"The pub has a football, cricket, pool, dominoes and even a fishing team.
"I want to create an even more community feel with big events to cater for all the family."
The pub even offers a free room for charities to host meetings. The British Heart Foundation, Artie White Foundation and Freshney Forward all hold meetings in the blue room in the pub.
As reported, Artie White Foundation members Paul Hutchinson and Sue Horner, both attended a British Heart Foundation course at the pub, and Sue used her newly-acquired skills to keep his heart beating until an ambulance arrived when he suffered a heart attack.
"I feel proud to be able to give charities the space to learn new skills – it is all about giving the community an opportunity to utilise the space," said Dave.
"We have live music every Saturday and this week duo Cardee will be performing at 9pm."
For more information, call the pub on 01472 886035.