New landlords take over Weymouth town centre pub
AN EXPERIENCED landlord has taken the reins of a pub at the heart of Weymouth.
John Parr, of Weymouth, is the new landlord at The Golden Lion after taking over the pub at the end of January.
Mr Parr, who has been at the helm of various pubs across the south of England since the 1990s, said he wants to make the venue, in St Edmund Street, a community hub and a family-friendly pub.
It will be given a ‘new lease of life’ with redecorating planned for the venue.
Mr Parr said: “It’s a pub with a lot of potential, especially with its central location in Weymouth’s town centre.”
Mr Parr spoke about his motivation for taking on the new venture.
“Weymouth is a beautiful town and we want to create a community hub at the heart of it,” said Mr Parr.
“I’m aware the pub has always been a popular destination for locals and we want to bring it back to its former glory.
“I managed a few pubs and The Golden Lion is the best for location.”
He added: “We want to build a great reputation by providing great food and service.
“I’ve been around the block and I know what works.”
Mr Parr, originally from Portsmouth, said he will be introducing incentives to get punters through the door as spring approaches.
“From Monday to Wednesday, pool will be free at the pub,” he said.
“We’re also looking to bring in dedicated evenings for poker tournaments, quiz nights and more events during the weekend.”
Mr Parr has taken over the pub with business parter Jamie Owen, also of Weymouth.
“Both of us are excited and we want to give the pub a new lease of life by redecorating it inside and out,” said Mr Parr.
“Currently, we have six staff, but we also have 13 rooms which we want to manage properly, so we’ll be looking to hire more staff in the future.”