As part of its series on village pubs the Western Morning News on 18 July published an article under the heading "Pub's new ventures" in which it reports about the way in which a couple of west country pubs had diversified in order to continue as viable businesses.
One of the pubs, the Badger Inn, diversified by in part becoming the village shop after its village post office closed. Whilst the other pub, the Royal Standard, made use of its garden by installing a community adventure playground for the local children.
Whilst both pubs have been inventive in looking at how to attract and retain local interest and custom, it is unlikely that either additions to the pubs' range of services they offer to their communities will be able to be utilised at the Red Lion. However, as this article, and a previous one reported in an earlier posting demonstrate, a village pub often has to diversify to remain viable.
Diversification will need to be a consideration for the future Red Lion.
The Western Morning News article can be found at -
Save The Red Lion Campaign Patrons
- Sidbury Community Enterprises' community share offer launched to buy the Red Lion
- Save The Red Lion Campaign Patrons - Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP & The Reverend Susie Williams
- Campaign's company - Sidbury Community Enterprises - has made an offer to buy the Red Lion
- East Devon District Council has listed the Red Lion pub as an Asset of Community Value - a significant Campaign milestone