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Skipton couple Ben and Natasha Oldfield take over town's Royal Shepherd pub
11:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in News
A Skipton couple have taken over the running of the town’s Royal Shepherd pub.
Natasha Oldfield, 27, and her husband, Ben, 32, became landlords of the Canal Street pub earlier this month.
Ben, a former pupil at Aireville School, follows in his grandad and grandma’s footsteps as they ran the Cross Keys in town successfully for many years.
“We’ve caught the bug from them,” said Natasha, who went to South Craven School. “A lot of people think it’s risky, but we’re determined.”
Natasha says she and Ben are looking to bring back locals who frequented the Royal Shepherd when popular landlord Tony Hodgson ran it with his wife Helen from 1996 to 2011.
Prior to that, Donald and Juanita Moorby, ran it from 1960 to 1996, until their retirement.
The Royal Shepherd, which was refurbished 18 months ago, had been closed for a month-and-a-half until Natasha and Ben re-opened it on August 1.
“We’ve got to build it back up,” said Natasha. “We want to cater for everyone by creating an affordable food menu and getting the darts, dominoes and pool tournaments back up and running.
“We also really want to look after our customers and keep them coming back,” she said, adding: “Pubs rely on the locals to look after them, especially during the winter months.”
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