Swindon might be landlocked, but the town’s Coate Water country park was just enough to persuade new landlords Lee Greening and Kerry Sumner to move from their previous pub at Lee-on-Solent on the south coast to take over at Arkell’s pub The Sun at Coate Water.
“It was a wrench to leave a busy seaside pub, particularly because we love living by water, but it was owned by a pub company and we wanted to work directly with a local brewery,” said Kerry.
“Arkell’s is a traditional pub-owning family brewery where you get to work with the directors, and we’ve been wanting to run a pub for them for ages. When The Sun came up, it was almost perfect. We can’t bring the seaside to Swindon, but we can help the Sun shine.”
Taking over an already successful pub is a big challenge, but Lee and Kerry have some exciting plans for The Sun. He added: “We love live music, and The Sun already hosts acoustic and ‘open mic’ nights here. We’d like to invite local Swindon bands to come along, perform and get to know us. Then we’ll aim to host a charity music festival at the pub next year.”
Brewery managing director, George Arkell, said: “Lee and Kerry are a terrific team and they’ve already got some great plans for The Sun. We can’t do anything about Swindon not being by the seaside (though we’re delighted that Coate Water is close by), but we can give them lots of family brewery help, and support their charity fundraising plans.”