New lease of life for old pub

The Oak at Tickhill, Doncaster
The Oak at Tickhill, Doncaster
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A PUB in a Doncaster town is serving beer again after it closed down over a lease dispute which left a bitter taste.

The Oak public house is open once again just weeks after joint landlords Ted Elliott and Tony Charlesworth called time.

They closed because they were not prepared to meet a hike in their annual rent.

Businessman Richard Bartram, from Bingham, Nottinghamshire, who runs the Premstock Ltd Company, is the new tenant at the popular Northgate premises, which are owned by Enterprise Inns.

Richard said: “The Oak is a lovely public house and Tickhill is a very attractive town.

“I have been in the licensing trade for 30 years and I am already the tenant at six Enterprise Inns-owned public houses.

“I have two at Chesterfield, three at Lincoln and one at Scotter in Lincolnshire.”

The manager and manageress of The Oak is the husband and wife team of Gavin and Helen Briggs, who will be opening the hostelry all day on seven days a week.

A weekly quiz night will be on Wednesdays and sporting regulars will be able to continue to follow all the action as it happens on the big Sky Sports screens.

Mr Elliott and Mr Charlesworth decided to quit the premises in October after talks over the lease broke down.

At the time Mr Elliott, who previously ran The Traveller’s Rest pub on Westgate, said: “We have been discussing a new lease with the owners since last April but were unable to agree terms as the costs were totally unreal.

“We were left with no choice but to close down.

“In the past few years we have spent £50,000 refurbishing inside and re-roofing the building.

“There is no doubt we would have carried on running The Oak as we really enjoyed the job.”

The pub’s unexpected closure forced Tickhill and District Lions to move their annual fundraising Bonfire Night event from its usual venue to the town’s cricket club.