Summerseat’s Hamers Arms has been saved from closure by Lisa Moore, a former landlady and current owner of the Cosalea café bar chain. Moore, who has strong ties to the area, has taken over the pub on a short-term contract and plans to make it a key community asset.
Moore and her team received the keys on January 7th, with business commencing on January 9th and food service beginning the following day. The previous management team had handed in their notice to the pub’s owner, Star Pubs & Bars Limited, a subsidiary of the Heineken Group, just before Christmas. The team then turned to Moore for support in preventing the pub’s closure.
Having grown up in Summerseat, Moore is eager to reconnect with the community and build on the pub’s existing foundation. Alongside Star Pubs & Bars, she aims to maximize the potential of the newly refurbished establishment.
The Hamers Arms will also collaborate with local food vendor Boo’s, which previously operated at the now-closed Sundial in Walmersley. In addition to food and drink, the pub will host various community events, such as craft sessions and cabaret lunches, which have been successful at Moore’s other venues.
The team plans to utilize the pub’s space outside of trading hours, partnering with local businesses, community groups, and organizations in the area. The Hamers Arms underwent a £250,000 refurbishment last May, upgrading several aspects of the venue, including the exterior, interior, flooring, furniture, and commercial kitchen, as well as restoring the open log fire.
Star Pubs & Bars’ area manager, Tracy Duncan, expressed delight at Moore’s takeover, praising her understanding of local residents’ preferences and her reputation for excellent food and drink. Local councillors, such as Cllr Liam James Dean of North Manor Ward, also welcomed the new team, expressing excitement for the pub’s future under Moore’s leadership.
The Hamers Arms now offers food service from Thursday to Sunday, live music every Saturday, a kids craft and pizza event on Thursdays, and a cabaret lunch club on the last Thursday of each month. They will also have special events for the King’s Coronation, with updates available on their social media platforms. The food menu features popular items from Moore’s previous pub, the Victoria Walshaw, including the famous homemade cheese and onion pie.