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SOS call saves Spread Eagle pub

After fears Driffield was to lose one of its most popular pubs when the owners of the Spread Eagle called last orders after landlord Bob Palmer announced his intention to leave for pastures new, news came last week that the mission to ‘Save Our Spread’ had been successful.

Bob has been at the helm of the Exchange Street pub for close to 10 years and served his last customer on Sunday, 20th March before starting a new project in Bridlington.

In the wake of Bob’s decision, owners of the pub Kevin Tate and David Watts had decided to close the doors and ‘let someone else have a go’, putting the future of the Spread Eagle in doubt.

After a few late-night phone calls and meetings, we have managed to broker a deal between us all, therefore I can happily say we have a new landlord and owner of the Spread Eagle.

Kevin Tate

However, James Dean, who has previously run the pub for Bob, contacted David with an approach to take over as landlord.

Additionally, Driffield businessman Mally Syme expressed his interest in buying Kevin’s share of the pub.

A deal has now been agreed for David and Mally to take over ownership of the Spread Eagle, with James running the pub on a day-to-day basis.

Despite admitting he didn’t see any way the pub could stay open without Bob at the helm, Kevin is delighted to hand over to ‘two people who have the pub at heart’.

He wished the new owners and landlord the best of luck.

“I’m pleased to announce that the Spread Eagle is staying open, it’s all happened very quickly and is fantastic news,” said Kevin.

“It was never our intention for the pub to close and disappoint the many loyal customers and teams that have supported us so well over the years.

“However, with Bob only able to give us a month’s notice, there didn’t seem to be any real alternative or solution to keep it open.

“However, over the last couple of weeks, James Dean who has looked after the pub for us numerous times previously, approached Dave to say he’d really appreciate the opportunity to take over, alongside his wife.

“Coupled with this was the fact that local builder and businessman Mally Syme was interested in taking on my half of the business.

“After a few late-night phone calls and meetings, we have managed to broker a deal between us all, therefore I can happily say we have a new landlord and owner of the Spread Eagle.

“It’s two people who have the pub at heart, which is what I am really pleased about and it felt right.

“James deserved his opportunity, he’s a great lad, really enthusiastic, with a young family to support and he wanted to give it a real shot which was refreshing to see.

“Along with Mally, who is a really popular guy in the town, I think it now has the right people to take the business forward again, especially now we have, hopefully, seen the back of COVID.

“Bob is over the moon as, like us, he loves the pub and is very supportive of the decision and has offered all the help and guidance he can give over the next few weeks to facilitate the handover.

“All I wish is that customers and teams that have supported us so well over the years still provide the Spread Eagle with the opportunity to do so.

“I know some may have made provisions to move venues and we can only apologise for that, but we wanted to be totally honest with them all and give them the opportunity as it looked like the doors were closing.

“However, when one door closes another one opens, I just wish all the best to James, Mally, Dave and Bob in their new ventures.”

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