Central Devon MP and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mel Stride has visited the Kestor Inn at Manaton – his first since owners Gary and Julie Roberts and James Houghton bought the pub in October 2019.
Gary explained how they had taken the opportunity during lockdown closures at the height of the pandemic to renovate the premises and credited financial support from the government for keeping the pub afloat.
Despite huge pressures facing the pub industry, particularly high energy prices, the pub is thriving thanks to their extensive menu of traditional, fresh, home-cooked food and great range of cask ales, draught lagers, wines and spirits. Their accommodation – five comfy letting rooms plus a self-catering apartment – is also proving popular.
“It was great to welcome Mel to the Kestor Inn to discuss some of the issues facing the industry and tell him about our upcoming End of Summer Garden Party. On 28th August from 2pm to 5pm there will be a BBQ and Live Music, with funds raised going towards Manaton Parish Hall and St Winifred’s Church. All are welcome.”
Mr Stride said:
“The Kestor Inn has been completely transformed since I was last here. I am delighted that the pub is doing so well – a testament to the hard work that Gary, Julie, James and their staff put in every day.”