Manager bidding fond farewell to popular Teesside micro pub after more than four years

A pub manager is planning a huge weekend of events to mark the end of her time at a popular Teesside pub.

Lisa Jowers took over the running of The Wimpole Yard in Stockton more than four years ago, and although she has loved her time there has decided its time to move on. Lisa said she has built the micro pub up to be a really popular venue with a load of regulars, but believes she has taken it as far as she can and wants to spend more time with her family.

The last weekend at the venue for Lisa will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 12, 13 and 14, and the pub will stay open until 3am so Lisa and her punters can enjoy a huge clubland party on the last night.

She said she wants to thank everyone for their continued support and loyalty and hopes everyone enjoys her last few weeks behind the bar. Lisa, the former manager of The Cattlemarket in Stockton took up the reins of

The Wimpole

after she fell in love with it and says it has become a hidden gem.

But, she said Stockton has become a very different place over the past 10 years and her costs have doubled, if not tripled, since she first started working at The Wimpole Yard. She said: "I have built it up as far as I can I think, especially with it being a micro pub, there's only so many people you can fit in.

Revelers enjoying a night at The Wimpole Yard
Revelers enjoying a night at The Wimpole Yard -Credit:UGC

She added: "People still refer the atmosphere as a seaside pub everyone having fun and happy. I can honestly say I have put my all and more into it.

"My fiancée took over five months ago managing it for me and its thrived, she couldn't have done a better job changing things that needed changing and making it work. The staff past and present have helped massively creating and maintaining the happy chilled atmosphere we have each and every week."

Lisa said she has "absolutely loved" her time at the pub - with one of the most memorable moments being on her engagement party to Leah, where she fell through a barrel while dancing on top of it.

And while she will miss the customers, for now she wants to spend more time with Leah and their three young children as well as concentrate on her other business - Lisa DJ.