Lodsworth pub gets new lease of life with new landlord

The new management of a Lodsworth pub has promised an emphasis on ‘uncomplicated but exquisitely executed food’.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 11:21 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 11:24 am

The newest landlord of The Hollist Arms, which opened on October 7. is Angus Davies, a native of Sussex with ‘extensive experience’ in the hospitality trade, having also worked at, and consulted for Nyetimber, Chez Bruce, and Sorrel among others.

Angus is joined at The Hollist Arms by head chef Aaron McNamara, formerly of the Michelin starred Samling Hotel in Cumbria, the Michelin s starred Northcote Lodge in Lancashire, and most recently The Pass at South Lodge Hotel in Horsham.

Angus said: “We’re living through an incredibly localising time right now.

Angus Davis and head chef Aaron McNamara. Picture by Will Ford

“With our capacity to go on holiday, or even commute to work reduced, we’re all looking inwardly at our own communities and the reassurance we can take from that. I think a country pub can be a big part of that in Lodsworth.”

Angus added that there will be an emphasis on ‘uncomplicated, but exquisitely executed food’.

The kitchen has been offering up bar food, and from the 18th of October onwards, a full menu of dining options, produced from carefully sourced ingredients .

The Hollist provides a temporary space in which to display artwork featured in Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s ‘River Cottage A to Z: Our favourite Ingredients, and How to Cook Them’.

Angus added: “It’s been going really well. The weekends have been going especially well.

“We are trying to generate interest and people have been responding very well to our offering — it’s very simple but very well executed.

“I have loved it and the village has been very responsive and really supportive.”

There is also a semi-permanent addition to the pub in the shape of further seating solutions on the doorstep.

‘Under Canvas’ at The Hollist is described as a ‘luxury tented solution to the issue of reduced capacity’.

Under Canvas will feature a second bar to ensure the business remain COVID secure at all times, whilst retaining the pub atmosphere.

For more infromation visit www.hollistarms.com