A NEW menu, themed food nights and charity events are among the great line-up on offer at the Freemasons in Knutsford, which has re-launched under new ownership.

Locals were disappointed when the popular Silk Mill Street pub in closed earlier this year. A grade two listed building, the Freemasons has been a public house since 1891.

It reopened at the end of April under the management of Sam Skinner, who is no stranger to the pub, having worked there for two years until August 2018.

“I really enjoyed my time at the Freemasons, and was delighted to be asked to come back and run it,” said Sam.

His first major job has been to overhaul the menu, and he has created a new offering based on hearty pub favourites.

“Based in the heart of Knutsford, it’s really important for us to support the local economy and source our produce locally,” said Sam.

“We get our fruit and vegetables from Jonty’s Fruit and Veg stall in the Market Hall, and our meat is direct from The Lambing Shed. I believe our customers can taste the difference.”

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Sam Skinner has ambitious plans for the town centre pub

With summer upon us, getting the beer garden in shape has been another priority for Sam.

He added: “I’ve spent many hours in the garden planting flowers and creating a nice outdoor space, and am pleased to say it’s really paid off.

“The garden is now in full bloom, and will be perfect for the many barbecues and themed food nights I’ve planned.”

For those who prefer to stay indoors, Sam wants to offer more traditional entertainment, such as cribbage, darts and pub quizzes. He also wants to stage charity nights, raising money for local groups such as Knutsford First Responders.

Sam is also planning to host events for the town’s workers.

He said: “We have a late licence until 1am, and I’m planning on opening the pub every other Monday and inviting hospitality workers along. A private event, it will be a chance for those people to kick back, relax and get to know others in the trade on a rare night off.”

Sam also wants to work with local artists and businesses and drive more trade into the town.

He added: “It’s not just about me and the Freemasons, it’s about joining together and supporting each other as a town and a community.”