Thursday, November 16, 2023

News: Enterprising friends band together to return Rotherham pub back to its former glory


The Earl Grey, in Rawmarsh, Rotherham, has opened its doors once again to the public after being purchased by a group of friends looking to make a better pub for the local community by offering live music and events.

After opening its doors once again in June 2023, The Earl Grey has already seen success with its function room, as well as its traditional pub.

The landmark building had always been of interest to Matthew Fletcher, who had previously worked in the pub trade. Already possessing an alcohol licence, he felt it was a natural next step to manage his own premises, with the support of friends within the community.

The Earl Grey now offers a range of events and live music, aiming to be a pub geared towards the local community, as well as visitors from further afield who are looking to enjoy a night out.

Matthew has made various additions, including introducing a new Atlantic beer, along with Spanish beer, Cruzcamp. He also plans to offer real ale, which will change regularly, and bring in food, to be developed over the coming weeks.

Further developments include hosting a pool team, along with various other community events.

Matthew applied for a Kickstart grant from UKSE – a local investment company that provides finance of up to £1.5 million to growing businesses and supports start-up ventures - which helped with advertising costs for events.

Reflecting on the venture, Matthew said: “We are still in the beginning stages of our journey at The Ear Grey but the support we have received so far has been amazing.

“The grant from UKSE allowed us to reach further audiences for our event and let the community know The Earl Grey was back with plenty of events, that support has helped us get off the ground and we are truly thankful.”

Steve Lyon, Area Manager at UKSE, said: “It is great to see The Earl Grey open its doors once again, and the success Matthew and the team have already found, we wish them all the best for the future.”

UKSE website

Images: UKSE


Anonymous,  November 16, 2023 at 12:02 PM  

Good luck to them

Anonymous,  November 17, 2023 at 1:20 PM  

Good community spirits

Rothguy November 17, 2023 at 1:50 PM  

Challenging time for pubs at moment, but anyone who puts time in has my support, best of luck to them

Anonymous,  November 17, 2023 at 6:16 PM  

Power to their elbows

Anonymous,  November 18, 2023 at 9:08 AM  

I will definitely pop in for a pint the next time I'm in Rawmish

Anonymous,  November 19, 2023 at 9:03 AM  

Nice brew at the Earl Grey

Anonymous,  November 19, 2023 at 6:39 PM  

Hope it works out

Anonymous,  November 19, 2023 at 9:08 PM  

It's a bit strained in there though.

Anonymous,  November 20, 2023 at 8:11 AM  

They got advice from a community pub in Parkgate but the disregarded the PG tips.
I'll get mi coat.

Anonymous,  November 21, 2023 at 7:26 AM  

Best ever pub in Rawmarsh was the old Green Lane Tavern

Anonymous,  November 21, 2023 at 1:47 PM  

Without a doubt.

Anonymous,  November 22, 2023 at 2:48 PM  

Used to love going in there on Saturday nights before moving on to Rawmarsh Baths. Seen some fabulous bands at that venue

Anonymous,  November 22, 2023 at 9:18 PM  

The beer in the Green Lane Tavern was like weasel urine

Anonymous,  November 23, 2023 at 12:38 PM  

The cheese and onion crisps were OK though.

Anonymous,  November 23, 2023 at 4:05 PM  

Was the Green Lane Tavern in the town centre?

Anonymous,  November 23, 2023 at 5:21 PM  

Stop winding him up for goodness sake

Anonymous,  November 23, 2023 at 10:19 PM  

Agreed, he seems to be losing it.

Anonymous,  November 26, 2023 at 6:59 AM  

Worst ever Rawmarsh pub? My vote would go to The Star.

Anonymous,  November 27, 2023 at 3:14 PM  

Horse and Jockey

Anonymous,  November 27, 2023 at 4:34 PM  

Star for me. Always been a dismal hole.

Anonymous,  November 27, 2023 at 4:35 PM  

Fighting Cocks surely. One of those pubs where the name describes its customers.

Anonymous,  November 27, 2023 at 10:14 PM  

Like the Cat and Cabbage

Anonymous,  November 27, 2023 at 10:23 PM  

Brush and Weasel?

Anonymous,  December 16, 2023 at 11:02 PM  

And now new owners again

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