Double celebrations at The Greyhound

Double celebrations at The Greyhound

We’ve got two reasons to celebrate at the pub this week – and for once, we’re not talking about football!

Firstly, landlord Dan Lightfoot has agreed another five-year tenure with Adnams. Secondly, Ness Clarke has become a business partner and director.

The last couple of years have seen impressive improvements at the pub, and today’s news means you can expect more innovation and changes to make the customer experience even better.

Dan said: “I am delighted to have signed another five-year tenure with Adnams, and equally pleased that Ness is now a business partner and director within the business.

“She has been at the pub for two-and-a-half years and has brought a wealth of experience from her corporate background. The Greyhound is not the pub I initially took over 12 years ago. Since COVID and the transformation of the car park into our popular beer garden, it is now a huge business that one person cannot manage alone.

“Ness brings energy to the pub. She is commercially driven and continuously seeks ways to improve the business. She has also helped me transform the beer garden. I was once taken to five garden centres in a day, and I can now tell the difference between begonias and evergreen jasmine!

“We have lots of exciting things planned and, like Ipswich Town Football Club, we’re not putting any limit on what we can achieve.”

‘Too exciting to pass up’

Ness added: “For the last couple of years, I have been keen to run my own pub. I only started in hospitality four-and-a-half years ago, and what was just meant to be a stop-gap has turned into a love affair with hospitality.

“Whilst I was keen to do something on my own, when the opportunity arose to work in partnership with Dan and grow The Greyhound, it was too exciting to pass up.

“The pub is not the same pub that I started at in September 2020, and I’ve had an amazing two-and-a-half years supporting Dan and growing the business. We work well together, we have fun, and Dan is always open to suggestions and change.

“Dan cares deeply about The Greyhound and the customers. He is also keen to invest and not sit on his laurels, and this was hugely important to me as it’s just the way I think the pub should be run. I’m delighted he has let me join him for the next five years.”