The Cross pub update, by Nic Corrigan

Approximately 40 people attended a meeting at The Cross to share information and discuss the proposed sale of the pub.

Nic Corrigan was point of contact for the group who previously worked on listing the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and explained the implications this now had on any future sale of the pub.  A flow diagram is attached which summarises the options that are now available to the local community and supporters and the key critical deadlines.

Terry, the current Landlord, advised that the owner was due to retire and is therefore selling several of his properties.  The likely sale value of the pub is offers over £200k.  He is planning to sell it as a going concern to be run as a pub.  Terry and Andrew are currently investigating the option of purchasing it themselves which was widely supported within the meeting.

A question and answer session followed and it was generally agreed that a Steering Group needed to be formed to investigate the levels of support within the local area for the pub and whether there was a need for a Community Group to be formed to bid for the pub to be owned and run as a community enterprise.  The deadline to make this decision is 23rd December. Some people have offered to take part in this Steering Group but ideally a few more volunteers are needed due to the very tight deadlines we are working towards.  A volunteer to lead this first stage of the process is also being sought.

A provisional meeting date was set for Tuesday 15th December for the Steering Group to present their findings and proposal regarding the intention to bid.

Time is now very tight but there is still time to be involved and any help would be greatly appreciated.  At this stage, it would only mean a commitment to being involved until 23rd December.  If you think you could help, please contact Nic Corrigan on 01422 843397 or by email to niccorrigan@yahoo.co.uk.

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Spanish Menu at the Cross

A Taste of the Mediterranean event featuring Spanish food will be held at the Cross Inn on Friday 30 October from 6pm onwards.

The event follows their last successful Greek evening. It costs £15 per person including a set starter, choice of main and dessert courses. Spanish wines and beers are available. Call in to the Cross for a menu and to book a table or telephone 843284.

Set starter of typical Spanish aperitivos (selection of snacks and dips to whet your appetite), including olives, artichoke hearts, Manchego cheese, crusty bread, salted almonds, etc
Main courses (all served with paella-inspired vegetable rice, mini roast potatoes and mixed salad)
Bacalao con tomate Fresh cod cooked with tomatoes, onions and red peppers
Cordero en Rioja Rich and flavoursome, slow-cooked braised lamb in Rioja, with chorizo and baby carrots
Pollo al pimentón Chicken cooked in creamy paprika sauce
Pimientos y tomates rellenos A Spanish twist on stuffed peppers and tomatoes, using paella-inspired vegetable rice and typical Spanish herbs
Desserts (served with fresh cream or ice cream)
Dulce de leche cheesecake – A favourite Spanish confection combined with cheesecake
Pastél de naranja y almendras – Orange and almond cake

Bush Tucker Trial and Barbeque

The Cross Inn is following up Thursday’s haggis supper with a family event “Bush Tucker Trial” event from 5pm on Sunday, 26 January.
Try your stomach with a large and wacky variety of strange foods. There are prizes to be won with all proceeds to local charities.
For the more “traditional” palate, there will also be a family barbeque. Terry looks forward to seeing you there.

New take-away

The Cross Inn is now doing take-aways as well as eat in menus on Friday and Saturday evenings, as follows:.

Home made pizzas from 5pm-10.30pm eat in as an addition to the menu or take out £6.50 Fri & sat
Also;
Curry night on a Tues, curry + a pint/med wine £6.50
Fish & chips on a Fri take out or eat in £5.25

The new landlord is planning several events, watch this space for further details.

New Chef at Cross Inn

A new chef is starting work at the Cross Inn with a themed night of food from his native Thailand on Thursday.

Landlord Simon Fancy said: “Tatts wants to show people what he can cook.

“Every month we will have one night a week with a special. Thai nights will run for a month, then steak nights, etc.

“Tatts is a very good chef who can cook Italian, French and other continental dishes so I am sure we won’t short of inspiration for our speciality nights.

“The food we will be serving will all be freshly prepared and cooked on the premises all from local suppliers so I can guarantee the food should go down a storm.”

On offer from 5pm will be a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts. Two courses are £13.99 and three courses are £14.99.

The regular menu will start on Friday serving 12noon – 3pm, then 5pm – 9pm on weekdays; and from 12noon – 8pm on Saturday and Sundays.