n Kath Duffy, chairman of the Scarborough Licensed Victuallers’ Association and landlady of the Newcastle Packet, said: “It’s great news that it’s reopening. I’m really pleased.
REAL-ale fans in Scarborough are in store for an early Christmas present.
The Hole in the Wall, in Vernon Road, will reopen tonight with new owners, after it was shut for three months.
Former world champion Scarborough boxer Paul Ingle is set to officially open the refurbished venue, which has been taken over by former Ambassador Hotel manager, Anona Martinez.
Anona, who also owns Harvey’s restaurant in Bridlington, said: “It’s a fresh start and we’re looking forward to turning it around.
“The Hole in the Wall was the first Campaign for Real Ale pub in Scarborough. We’ve got three real ales on and that will be going up to six.
“CAMRA have already been down and they’re really happy it’s reopening.”
Although nationally more and more pubs are closing, Anona, along with business partner Barry Haigh, is determined to buck the trend.
She said: “We’ve put a lot of man hours in and spent some money on it. It was dilapidated before we took it over.
“It’s not a great time for pubs at the moment but I think if you give people a warm welcome, a friendly atmosphere and reasonable prices, people will still come.
“I think some people get greedy - you don’t have to make a million per cent profit.”
The Hole in the Wall made the headlines for the wrong reasons earlier this year, when under its previous owners its licence was reviewed amid allegations of underage drinking and irresponsible drink promotions at the pub.
But Anona, who was born in Scarborough and returned to settle in her home town eight years ago, insisted tonight will be the start of a new era for the pub.
She added: “The building has a great character. We’re going to start doing fresh food and there’s going to be live music three times a week. We’re going to take it back to basics.”
The pub will reopen at 7pm tonight. A free buffet will be provided and there will be live music from Best Served Cold from 9pm.