The Squire Inn in Chipping Sodbury celebrates its 10th birthday under family ownership
THE owners of one of Chipping Sodbury’s most successful pubs have celebrated a decade in the town’s High Street.
Denise and Billy Tierney took over The Squire Inn in 2003 and have kept the 17th century coaching inn a friendly and traditional local pub as well as turning it into a popular weekend venue and destination eatery.
Mrs Tierney said: “We have made lots of changes and the place has evolved. It is a venue for all ages and that is what is nice about it, families are welcome not just the youngsters, it is a good mix.
“We have introduced karaoke and live music nights and there never used to be a garden but we have transformed that completely.
“And our chef Darren Fitzgerald has made our restaurant a place where people know they are going to get good food.”
Although her husband had years of experience in the industry, Mrs Tierney was a newcomer to the trade.
“We didn’t really think long term when we took it over,” she said. “But we knew it was a great opportunity and we love it.”
The couple, whose sons James and Greg Gale have come on board with the family business, have used their success at The Squire to expand their portfolio taking on The Swan at Nibley in 2009 and The Bell in Old Sodbury in 2010.
Greg, director of The Squire and partner at the other two pubs, said: “The longevity of our success can be put down to our great staff, some of whom are still with us and some who have moved on to our other places. And the fact that this place is still open when other pubs are shutting every week.
"Pubs often get negative press but we are still very much at the heart of the community.”
During the past decade, The Squire has donated thousands of pounds to charity after holding events including sponsored abseils and dragon boat races. A three-legged walk earlier this year raised £1,000 for Diabetes UK and a quiz night last summer, organised in partnership with the Gazette, raised over a £1,000 for Corin’s First Steps, an appeal to fund a life-changing operation for Corin Potts from Yate. The pub’s latest charity venture is two nude calendars, which will be on sale soon, in aid of Cancer Research UK.
An invite-only anniversary party was held at the pub on Saturday.
Added Mrs Tierney: “We want to say thank you to everyone who has been here since the beginning, we wouldn’t have a business without them.
“And a big thank you to our staff including our manager, Mark Lewington, who has done a great job at managing the place over the last 10 years.”
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