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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Popular Thai chef reopens village pub in new venture

A VILLAGE pub is set to reopen – with an oriental twist.

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PUB VENTURE: Asian and Oriental Cooking expert Ooy Rigg who is moving her business into the Old Kings Head at Broughton JON GRANGER REF: 50032691B000

The Old King’s Head, in Broughton, closed late last year, but the pub is due to be reopened complete with a Thai restaurant.

Thai chef Ooy Rigg, and husband, John, are due to open their new venture next week. It will offer traditional Cumbrian pub grub alongside more exotic offerings.

Mrs Rigg has previously held buffet evenings in the Victoria Park Hotel and at The Nines, in Barrow, but Mr Rigg said the couple are looking forward to getting behind the bar and serving their first customers.

He said: “This is our 18th project – we have had takeaways and food nights but this is the first time we’ve tried to run a pub.

“We’ve refurbished the rooms and painted the place – it looks spectacular.

“We’re turning part of it into a Thai restaurant but we’re still doing pub food – as far as the Cumberland sausage.”

The couple have pledged to use local produce and will serve Cumberland sausage produced by local butchers including Melville Tyson, Richard Woodall, Willy Bewley and Gary Patton.

Mr Rigg said: “We’re looking forward to getting behind the bar.

“We will be landlord and landlady but Ooy will still be doing her shows.

“We’ll be doing lots of hours but we’re no strangers to that.

“If it hadn’t been for us taking bookings for the weekly night at the Victoria Hotel we’d have been opening sooner.”

Mr Rigg said Mrs Rigg is hosting a cooking demonstration tomorrow in the Victory Hall, in Broughton, as an introduction to the food the Old King’s Head will be serving up.

The pub is set to reopen on May 1.

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