Cricket stars Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney to open second pub

Cricketers Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney, who teamed up with pub manager Dan Cramp in 2016 to launch The Cat and Wickets Pub Company, are to open the group’s second pub, The Tap and Run, later this month.

The soon-to-be opened gastro pub in Upper Broughton, Leicestershire is the second venue in the Cat and Wickets Pub Company portfolio.

Broad, Gurney and Cramp opened their first pub in Wymeswold called The Three Crowns in August 2016.

Formerly known as The Golden Fleece, the Tap and Run has been given a new lease of life, with finishing touches being made to the venue which has a separate restaurant and bar area.

Like The Three Crowns, the trio’s new pub will source its ingredients from the surrounding area, with plans in place for an exchange programme where locals bring in their home-grown produce in exchange for beer tokens, according to Leicestershire Live.

Speaking to the news site, Cramp added that this venue would have a greater dining focus “without losing the charm of a local.”

“We’re not trying to change the wheel,” he said. “We know nice country village pubs are what people want.

“We all love going to the local for a pint and a bit of roast beef on a Sunday”.

Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Broad added: “To be expanding now into another great Leicestershire village is great and hopefully we have the same reception as we did in Wymeswold. I am looking forward to taking the family down there over the next few weeks”.

The pub is due to open on 21 September.

Broad was one of the first guests on Olly Smith and Richard Hemming MW’s podcast series called ‘A Glass With…’ during which Smith and Broad discussed wine from Australia and New Zealand as well as trying Dr H Thanisch Berncasteler Doctor Riesling spätlese 2010.

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