Doctors revive Punch operation after £600k cash injection

By Stuart Stone

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Doctors' orders: (l-r) Dr Chris Moss, director of finance James McCall-Harkness and Dr Josh Macaulay celebrate
Doctors' orders: (l-r) Dr Chris Moss, director of finance James McCall-Harkness and Dr Josh Macaulay celebrate
Punch has teamed up with the owners of Westmorland Homecare to invest £600,000 and reopen the oldest pub in Kendal, Cumbria.

Ye Olde Fleece Inn, which dates back to 1654, has benefited from sizeable, joint investment from Punch – which owns and operates 1,300 pubs across England, Scotland and Wales – and new publicans Dr Josh Macaulay and Dr Chris Moss.

The £600,000 investment follows news reported by The Morning Advertiser​ that Punch has set aside £80m​ to pump into its estate over three years to improve various aspects of its venues, according to chief executive Clive Chesser.

Macaulay and Moss, who own Kendal-based Westmorland Homecare, helped oversee extensive renovation and reopening of the 365-year-old site, which has created 25 new jobs in the local area.

Alongside a high-quality, all-day food offer and extensive drinks range, Ye Olde Fleece Inn will offer a stacked entertainment schedule featuring steak and piano evenings and ‘retro’ film nights hosted in the upstairs Westmorland Suite.

In addition, the pub will launch a Comedy Club this Mother’s Day (31 March).

Olde Fleece

Community heart

Ye Olde Fleece Inn’s reopening follows Punch’s £380,000 revamp and reopening​ of the Rising Sun pub in Bath, Somerset.

“We are extremely proud of the work that has gone into transforming Ye Olde Fleece Inn,” Punch chief executive Clive Chesser explained.

“Our new publicans, Josh and Chris, have exciting plans to ensure the Fleece is a pub for all occasions operating at the very heart of the community.

“We are looking forward to working with them as they grow their business over the forthcoming years.”

Macaulay added: “We are so pleased to finally be opening the doors, the pub looks fantastic!

“We have lots of plans for the Fleece and are passionate about creating a place for everyone to enjoy all year round bringing it back to the heart of the community.”

Westmorland Homecare is a service that cares for elderly people in the community.


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