A18 pub transformed from village pub to boutique hotel


The pub on the A18 lay empty for 18 months before new patrons Ian and Lisa Matfin completed a lavish refurbishment and threw open the doors at The New Inn at Great Limber with its 10 bedrooms and a further five in an adjacent refurbished barn.

Ian Matfin served his apprenticeship with Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc and has put together a menu that is "quintessentially British with a few subtle twists".

The couple believe the gastro-style restaurant would be a refreshing addition to the area.

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"We have always worked for somebody else before so this is really exciting for us," says Lisa.

"It is a chance for us to put our own stamp on the place. It will be high-end gastro food and we hope it will become a ‘destination’ restaurant and hotel on weekends, and attract workers in the week.”

Five chefs have been employed along with eight as well as around eight front of house staff.

Local produce, much of it from the Brocklesby Estate, will be sourced for ingredients.

"We couldn’t have wished for a nicer village. Everyone has been so kind, some of the locals even organised a meal for us to welcome us."

Ian said he hoped to develop his own style in the restaurant, despite his wealth of influence.

Ian Matfin says: “We saw the potential in it and we could not have been happier with the refurbishment.”


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