So on her return to the UK what was her ambition?
“I was actually looking for a restaurant,” explained Liz “but was introduced to the Seven Tuns.”
The Seven Tuns in the unspoiled Cotswold village of Chedworth is pretty remote. With stone houses hugging the steep sides of the valley that extends for almost two miles along a tributary of the River Coln, the village is quite a find. Yet this 17th century Oak and Stone pub at the centre was empty for almost two years.
“I fell in love with it straight away,” continued Liz “it was pretty damp upstairs and the roof needed some attention, but I had a gut feeling that I could really make it work.
“Unfortunately, there were no historic sales figures, so it was quite a leap of faith, but there was a very active community that wanted to see the pub returned to its former glory.
“I took the bull by the horns and prepared a business plan for The Wellington Pub Company. They accepted the proposal, contributed toward the refurbishment and within 6 weeks, we were open.”
Liz is definitely not a fan of ‘Gastro Pubs’, her ambition was to create a ‘real pub’ with proper food that is sourced locally and priced properly. A quick look at the menu suggests that Liz has this spot on, starters are around £6 and mains hover around the £10 mark. Pub favourites are accompanied by Tempura soft shell crab, wild mushroom risotto and calamari.
“Being free of tie is essential, not only does it mean that I can set the tone with food and drink, choosing the brands and suppliers that I want, it also means that I can decorate it in the way I want. At the end of the day, it remains my business. I set the prices, I make sure the beer is kept well and I get to welcome the local community. Kids and dogs are welcome here, we’re like a big family.”