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Remarkable Turnaround For Stricken Pub

Tuesday November 19 2013

A PUB which was faced with closure after a downturn in trade has just been named winter pub of the season by the Barnsley branch of Campaign for Real Ale!

The Talbot Inn in Mapplewell was set to be another chapter in the story of pub closures until one of its regulars stepped in and bought the pub earlier this year.

The watering hole, on Towngate, had been in a steady decline for some time when long-term regular David Lockwood, 40, bought it in May.

He brought in his Canadian wife Leah to work alongside manager Rob Hunter and the existing staff to turn the Talbot into a community pub and have even established a 'local purchasing policy' to boost local business.

The new policy has seen the pub develop partnerships with a number of local suppliers with the Talbot's meat sourced from Rusby's Farm Shop, flowers from Hearts and Flowers, both in the village, and four real ales from the award-winning Two Roses Brewery at Darton.

Leah, 31, said: "We're very pleased and it's only been a matter of a few months since we took over and the support we have got from the community in Mapplewell has been fantastic. We're really happy."

The award will be presented to all the staff at The Talbot Inn on January 24 at 9pm and locals are urged to go along and join in the celebrations.

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Reply Posted by Simone on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 10:38
Well done guys, all it takes is some hard work and a great community to stand by you :-) There are loads of community services you can offer at no cost to you but they can be of great service to your regulars.

Reply Posted by Jill on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 14:01
well done Locky and Leah.....hope to be coming down to toast your success in the festive season! xx

Reply Posted by loz on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 15:18
well done guys, it would of been a massive shame to lose such a great pub, I have many memories from over the years in the talbot. good luck for your future I hope you have many years of continued success :-)

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 18:00
We have dinner there every Sunday and without fail it's always delicious and not a long waitin time either perfect well done to you

Reply Posted by Peter H on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 07:34
Makes a refreshing change, from the usual death knoll notices of pub closures that are happening all too often

Reply Posted by crazy dave on Wednesday November 20 2013 at 12:27
would do a lot better if the current manager was replaced, the way he speaks to people is disgusting.

Reply Posted by Nigel on Friday November 22 2013 at 20:20
I agreed crazy Dave, I stopped going in they don't deserve custom. Probably why it was in the shit.

Reply Posted by crazy dave on Saturday November 23 2013 at 15:29
The manager is just a fat wanker who thinks he is better than anyone else.
No matter what, he is still a fat wanker and I'd rather chop both my arms off than give that fat wanker any of my custom.

Reply Posted by H** on Saturday November 23 2013 at 18:01
I don't think you know the manager very well! I worked there for many years and found him nothing but accommodating; maybe its your issue not his. I don't think it is very nice to be slating a nice pub all over the internet based on nothing but your prejudice.

Reply Posted by Barnsley Truth on Sunday November 24 2013 at 22:06
Think you are right it probably is Crazy Daves issues. Having said that Rob does have a face like a slapped arse,

Reply Posted by zoe on Sunday November 24 2013 at 22:20
rob is a very fair and understanding person he does not judge anyone as a person who as been fetched up in the pub business he does his job well and with pride carry on ur good work rob xxxxx

Reply Posted by Crazy Chris on Monday November 25 2013 at 01:02
Rob is a very rotund and portly furious masterbating wanker of the highest caliber

Reply Posted by Fair Fairy on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 21:24
Oh Deat so Dear, this is about the good work undertaken by hardworking people picking a sinking pub from the bottom of the sea and turning it in to a thriving success and will u believe it minion want to turn it in to a personal insult arena. Shame on you! I have always found Rob sharp and fair with a very dry sense of humour. What a shame that his strength is seen as a negative. That's all.