The Knightley Arms, a Northamptonshire pub, has opened a community café to act as a social hub for local residents.
Jen Rees, who took over the then closed venue in October 2020, intends to re-establish the site as “the heart of the village” of Yelvertoft.
In order to diversify from the pub’s primarily drinking customer-base, the café serves a range of Lavazza coffees, cakes, and pastries.
Moreover, food is available daily between 12pm and 8pm, offering a variety of pub classics including cod and chips and Sunday roasts.
Rees said: “The pub is now the centre of the village and is open to everyone. There has been a real buzz about the services we now offer and it has really helped to build morale in these challenging times.
“The community café has really helped to make The Knightley Arms the place for everyone to come and connect. It is so nice to see a range of different people including families and the elderly from the village using the pub.”
The initiative has been launched with the support of a community services fund grant from Pub is The Hub, a not-for-profit group.
Dave Allan, regional advisor at the charity, said: “Jen has really transformed The Knightley Arms into the hub of this village in only a short time.
“The community café will offer those living locally the chance to meet and socialise following a time when many of them have been isolated due to lockdowns.”