Paul & Carole look back at 2016

Well it’s that time of year for me to ramble on and take a look back at the year just gone.

This time last year we were in the drying out process following Storm Desmond on the 5th December 2015. Although physically, mentally and financially a challenge Carole and I are now able to reflect on the situation and smile that we got through those times and had massive support from all our loyal customers …we thank you.

We re-opened on Friday 26th February although we did have a little soft opening on the Thursday just to get the team back up to speed. Sorry to those that couldn’t make it and sorry to those that did and had to endure my celebratory antics!

In April Jess House, one of our original team members and a true “Wagon family” member moved on to pastures new, a “challenging job” she says. I think she refers to the additional time she now has to practice her Prosecco quaffing skills here!

We are on our 3rd menu change since re-opening and with Travis our Head Chef continue to push the boundaries of pub food. On Tripadvisor we are now rated no. 4 out of 182 restaurants in Lancaster, receiving reviews really does boost the morale of the team so thank you to those who have written one. Our next menu will be spring/summer launching in March.

We have had some great bands playing on our Friday night slots and music will recommence from 13th January with Sold to the Sky although we do have a guest appearance this Saturday (7th Jan) by Howling Clowns. We shall also continue with our resident jazz bands, New Riverside Jazz Band & Luca Brasi Four appearing on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month respectively.

Lancaster Music Festival was a huge success and I’m very proud to be part of the organising team, this year our 9th will be held 12th – 16th October. Wearing my other musical hat as Bandwagon Events Ltd., we organised 4 more concerts at Lancaster Priory in May Marco lo Musico and John Hackett played followed by Sir Thijs Van Leer (focus) in June, Steve Howe (Yes) in October and finally Tim Chu & Ian Bailey wrapped up the season in November with a “Celebration of Simon & Garfunkel. Nothing planned for this year, well not that I can mention at this stage!

So, we look back with pride and we are excited about 2017, and look forward to welcoming you to our lovely, local pub soon!

Paul & Carole xx

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