Pub-is-Hub couple buy real' inn

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A couple who hit the headlines by converting their front room into a bar as part of Prince Charles' Hub of the Community Campaign have set themselves...

A couple who hit the headlines by converting their front room into a bar as part of Prince Charles' Hub of the Community Campaign have set themselves a new challenge ­ running a "real" pub in Somerset. Edward and Nadine Titcomb have taken over the White Hart village inn at North Curry near Taunton. The couple previously bought a shop and post office in St Giles on the Heath near Launceston, Cornwall and successfully applied to convert the two front rooms of their thatched cottage into a bar and dining room. Television personality Noel Edmunds was invited to officially open and name the new bar ­ the Pint and Post ­ a name chosen by the villagers themselves. The Titcombs were also invited to Highgrove House, Prince Charles' Gloucestershire home, for a reception to honour those who had supported the campaign. Now, after selling the business, the couple have found a new challenge­ running a substantial village pub on the outskirts of Taunton, acquired through licensed property agents Bettesworths. Unusually, it features a skittle alley supported by eight teams. "It is hugely different to the small little bar back in Cornwall but we love the pub trade," Nadine said. They are planning to develop the food trade to ensure the White Hart is not only regarded as a sports-orientated pub. The White Hart was sold off an asking price of £250,000.

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