Pub reopens thanks to funding

The team at The Stag's Head, Swalcliffe NNL-140228-160910001
The team at The Stag's Head, Swalcliffe NNL-140228-160910001

The owners of the Stag’s Head in Swalcliffe are looking forward to their first full year in charge with a programme of events.

The pub was closed for more than a year until Faith and Stamatis Trivizas bought it thanks to NatWest funding.

The couple, who ran a pub near Woodstock for nine years, has installed a new bar top and new floors, bought new tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery, and Faith has made new curtains, cushions and seat covers.

A loan from NatWest helped them to buy the freehold of the pub, where they also live with their sons John and Tim, who are working in the business alongside them.

“It’s a lovely, picturesque place and is well-supported by the villagers,” said Faith.

“When the pub was shut they used to do their own pop-up pub on the bench outside on a Friday night.

“We will be planning a whole lot of events for the year in conjunction with the village. For instance, at Easter there’s an egg-rolling event in the lane in front of the pub – it’s an important thing in the village. We will plan to do a beer festival, for instance, to coincide with that.”

Clare Culkin, relationship manager with NatWest, said: “About ten years ago I funded Faith and Stamatis to buy a leasehold premises and their dream really was to own the freehold of a place, so 18 months ago we started talking about that. They then found the Stag’s Head and we have loaned them the money to realise their dreams.”