As of September 2013 the Four Elms Inn has a new proprietor, Peter Lea, and we invited him to tell us about himself and his partner Lorraine, and their plans for the pub going forward.
Lorraine and I have had many years experience in the industry. These have included managing many country and village pubs, all of which we have directed down the road of food and a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Our soul aim is to retain the well being of the Four Elms Inn and maintain the ethos of Britain’s pub culture, which is sadly being allowed to erode all too fast.
When we were made aware of the Four Elms Inn we came and visited it immediately. We fell in love with it instantly and realized that this was the type of pub that we had both dreamed about over many years, but had never found until now.
We are both originally from London, but we have managed many villages pubs in Kent, all of which we have turned into food friendly establishments. The Four Elms will be no exception, and a good old fashioned pub grub menu is now soundly in place. All of the ingredients are sourced from local suppliers, who include: – Allmans Butchers, Hadlow Horticultural College, the Artisan Bakers in Edenbridge and, once we are more established, a fish supplier by the name of Sankeys based in Sevenoaks (we need to become slightly busier so we can purchase this produce fresh without the need to have to freeze it).
Our aim for the Four Elms Inn is to strive to return it to the much needed hub within the local community that it once was, so that it firstly presents itself as a meeting point for the local people, and secondly becomes a destination venue so that it can sustain itself financially.
Some of our early initiatives include:
We would like people to know that we are animal friendly. As part of this we have informed the local Hunt that we would be more than happy for them to return to us for their meets and encourage local riders to use us too.
We have liaised with the local school and the very active P.T.A. and are in the process of starting a coffee/tea and homemade cake morning.
We are trying to open an upstairs eating area by the start of December. This area will hopefully reflect a private and quite romantic eating area. However the price of the food will be fixed across the whole pub while the home-cooked pub-grub concept will also be throughout the pub..
Moving on to entertainment, we are starting to book entertainment starting with a New Orleans Jazz Band which should be playing on the 24th November depending on confirmation. We have also booked New Years Eves entertainment, and this evening will be tickets only, at the discretion of ourselves.
I have also attached copies of our menus, which includes a much needed vegetarian option. Our Christmas Menu is also attached, and starts from the 2nd December and runs until the 24thDecember. During this period, however, Sundays will still be “Roast Day”.
I hope I have given an insight into us and our intentions for this very special pub. If, however, there is anything we can help with or that I may have missed out please contact me on either of the listed telephone numbers below or by my e-mail address.
Pete and Lorraine.
Click on the links below to view our menus: