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N ew I nn k ee p s i t i n t h e f a m i l y ROGER and Jackie Owen have left the New Inn in Blagdon after 11 years – and handed it over to their daughter Lynda and her partner Ian Webb. Ian was previously head chef at the Spotted Cow in Bristol, while Lynda worked in accounts in the city and did bar work before that. Both have relished the move back to the country, which means their son, Eddison, aged five, can attend the village school. Roger and Jackie, who previously had the Ring O’ Bells in Compton Martin for nearly 20 years, are now taking on stints as relief managers, their first was in a village near Banbury. Lynda said: “It’s been really nice. I miss the city a little bit but like being in the country. You can see the stars, which is magical.” Lynda and Ian took over on September 5th and outwardly things have stayed pretty much the same from the customers’ point of view. The cosy log fire and fabulous lake view from the garden will never change. But Ian has completely re-done the
lunch and evening menus, including a new sandwich range. As you would expect, being above Blagdon Lake, trout features prominently, but now comes with a poached egg and parsley butter. Sunday roasts are still very popular and are served from 12noon-5pm.
The couple aim to make the pub more child friendly and are busy organising a children’s Hallowe’en party and bonfire night celebration. The traditional wassail will take place in January. Roger and Jackie are now living at Redhill, safe in the knowledge they have left their old pub in good hands.
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