Village pub transforms into community centre
Licensees Selena and Steve Porter have opened a new farm shop and cafe at the Shipwright Arms in Shaldon near Teignmouth, Devon to help residents stay local for shopping.
The couple took on the Devon pub in December 2019 just months before the first lockdown, and with many elderly local residents and a lack of services in the immediate vicinity, they soon realised there was a need for a shop and cafe in the area.
They were able to renovate and transform a side room within the pub to create the shop with the help and a Community Services Fund grant from Pub is The Hub, the not-for-profit organisation that helps pubs to diversify and provide essential services.
The shop offers a range of essentials along with fresh and local produce including fish from Brixham, freshly baked bread, cheeses, free-range eggs, locally sourced meat and handmade burgers.
The new development also includes a small coffee area, which will allow local residents to meet and help reduce the risk of social isolation.