The Bird Ith Hand and The Ship Inn pubs are under new management !
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A PUBLICAN is looking to put two pubs back on the front of their communities now that new management has taken over.
The Bird Ith Hand, in Prescot Road, and The Ship Inn, Blackbrook have new managers taking over as the brewers prepare for a new era.
Peter Boardman, owner of Oak Tree Inns, which operates both pubs, laid out the venues’ ambitions as the industry looks to move forward in the wake of “challenges” from the Covid era.
“For me, it continues the Covid recovery, and I think we’re still in it,” he said, adding that “staffing” was another difficulty the industry faced.
However, with new management teams at both pubs, he is hopeful of a new, brighter era for Bird and the Ship.
Luke Carey took over as Bird Ith Hand, moving on from The Ship, while Blackbrook Road boozer saw new managers Kim and Steve take over.
Peter says they’ve been able to make some changes, including lowering drink prices.
“We’ve seen an absolutely tremendous response from the local communities,” added Peter, whose parents were also in the industry that saw him growing up around pubs from a young age.
“It’s their local pub and they both would have lost it.
“We have significantly reduced drink prices and introduced a new food menu in both pubs.
“We’re starting to entertain with a test drive on the ship on Saturdays, we’ll have ‘Saturday Nightever’.
At The Bird, there will be a ‘speed test’ using phones on Thursdays and live music on Saturdays.
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The Bird has a team of four employees, in addition to the manager, while the Ship has five workers in addition to the management team.
The Oak Tree Inns portfolio also includes The Oak Tree Tavern in Newton-le-Willows and The Derby Arms, in the village of Knowsley, among others in the North West.
Peter urged the locals to come out and support their taverns.
“Of course, I know people are going through a hard time right now. People say ‘you use it or you lose it.'”
“The pub I grew up in in Widnes is now Go Local. If you lose a pub now it will turn into something else.
“Do you support your local pub.”