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Lincolnshire couple take over at Middle Rasen pub where they first met

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

  • The starting point: Barry and Jenny Reeves have taken over the Nags Head pub in Middle Rasen where the couple first met 28 years ago. Picture: John Jenkins

  • Barry Reeves outside the Nags Head pub in Middle Rasen

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Romantic Barry and Jenny Reeves have taken over the pub where they first met 28 years ago.

The couple have invested £15,000 on a ten-year lease of the Nags Head in Middle Rasen.

They have been an item since they met on a night out in the pub almost three decades ago.

And now they say being behind the bar of the business really feels like home.

Mr Reeves, 50, who has spent nine years running coffee shops in Sincil Street, Lincoln, and the city's Central Market, has relinquished his tack room catering franchise – to concentrate on his new enterprise.

"When I moved to Middle Rasen 28 years ago, the best move I made was to meet Jenny in the Nags Head," said Cleethorpes-born Mr Reeves.

"Six years later we got married in the chapel just 200 yards down the road.

"And while we lived here I was the village's football and cricket captain, also playing darts and pool for the pub.

"But we moved on to new challenges and now we feel we're really back home.

"We've leased the Nags Head from local businessman Nigel Appleyard and the first thing we did was invest £3,500 in a Black Rock Grill.

"We knew we had to have something different.

"So this involves heating up a lava rock to 440 degrees in the kitchen and then letting the customer cook the steak to their liking in the restaurant."

Mrs Reeves, who is 48, confirmed that the support from the village had been very encouraging.

"I'm from Middle Rasen and we both know lots of people here, so our aim is to make the pub the centre of the community," she said.

Neighbour and customer Hannah Green lives next door to the Nags Head in Gainsborough Road.

"I've already had some food here and it's really nice," the 18-year-old said.

"Barry and Jenny have already done quite a lot since they arrived and it can only be good for Middle Rasen."

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