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New bosses to rock The Boat House pub in Tewkesbury

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 16, 2012

big ideas: Kym Simpson and Richard Trebble, who are the new landlords at The Boat House

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THE new landlords of The Boat House want to improve Tewkesbury's nightlife to give people "the variety they deserve."

Kym Simpson and Richard Trebble have only been at the helm of the riverside pub in Mythe Road for a couple of weeks, but already have big plans for the venue to become "the place to be seen."

The couple, who are both 23, have experience of working in the pub/restaurant trade and say they are "in touch with what people want."

The pub will have three nights of entertainment a week with plenty of variety.

Kym said: "We immediately saw the potential of the pub and knew we couldn't miss the opportunity to take it on.

"There's just not a great deal to do in town at night, people get bored and are forced to go home to bed. We want to change that, we want to make it a lively and upbeat pub with plenty of entertainment."

The pub will host open mic nights on Thursdays, late-night discos on Fridays and live bands on Saturdays.

Kym said: "People deserve to have a better nightlife. They can get up to dance or just sit back and relax with a beer.

"We are a young couple, we know what our generation want for a good night out."

Kym and Richard have already sound-proofed the building and are re-decorating to give the pub "a modern-day approach."

A new menu of British pub food favourites has been introduced. With a four-year-old daughter called Ruby, the couple is also keen to reach out to families with a coffee morning for parents and children.

Kym was previously the assistant manager at The Nottingham Arms in Tewkesbury and Richard was a dairy farmer before working in the kitchen of Pizza Express.

The Boat House closed earlier this year. Previous bosses Mike and Wendy Wakeman walked away after spending £250,000 to transform the previously run-down King John's Tavern, which was notorious for noise and anti-social behaviour problems, into a family restaurant.

Kym added they would turn it into a "safe and friendly" venue with door staff to ensure that problems at the site remain a thing of the past.

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  • gagsl-2012  |  October 17 2012, 5:50PM

    Being a local to Tewkesbury, I have heard of the change in ownership and I must say I was very impressed that this young couple would take on this tremendous responsibility. It can't be easy to run a pub, but after having met the couple personally, I can see big and bright things for the future of the boathouse and its new landlords. Also further to some peoples' comments I find their unorthodox appearance refreshing and had the pleasure of meeting their lovely, well trained staffie and husky. I felt their was no risk to my young child, who was welcomed with open arms by staff and animals alike. I look forward to seeing them all again soon.

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  • blondie91  |  October 17 2012, 4:04PM

    Its about time we have something to do in Tewkesbury instead of travelling to Cheltenham every weekend. Will defiantly be checking this place out.

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  • blondie91  |  October 17 2012, 4:01PM

    Its about time we have something to do in Tewkesbury instead of travelling to Cheltenham every weekend. Will defiantly be checking this place out.

  • DatonaAbuser  |  October 17 2012, 9:19AM

    Nice to see they dressed up for the photo, can't see many people going there for family meals and coffee morning to be served by staff with Mohecans, and studs all over their faces. I wonder where they keep the rotties and pitbulls? Nothing agaisnt the couple, I'm sure they are lovely, but they need to look the part - or people will be scared off.

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  • Autumneve  |  October 16 2012, 11:13AM

    As someone living in the area I really hope they do ensure it is a 'safe and friendly' Venue. This is a lovely area to live in and many people who live opposite this site in King Johns Court are retired & want a peaceful life. Hopefully they can have a succesfull business that retains the harmony that now exists in this lovely part of Tewkesbury.

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