06:00 Sunday 02 February 2014

Landlord's return saves village pub from closure

Written byJORDAN DAY

The Cherry Tree in Haddenham has been saved from closure thanks to Michael May who has returned there to run it. The Cherry Tree in Haddenham has been saved from closure thanks to Michael May who has returned there to run it.

A pub landlord has saved a village drinking hole from closure - by returning there seven years after he left.

Michael May, 52, used to be landlord of the Cherry Tree in Haddenham but left to run what used to be the Rose and Crown in Teversham.

The Cherry Tree, in Duck Lane, has been in difficulty for some months and closed its doors for a couple of weeks not long after Christmas.

But Mr May, from Wicken, has returned and is hoping to turn the once-popular pub around.

He said: “The pub has been struggling for quite a while and when the former landlord decided to give up it was closed for a couple of weeks.

“I used to run the Cherry Tree and after a lot of persuasion from my friends I’ve decided to give it another go.

“It’s going to be a challenge that’s for sure but I’ve been in the industry for more than 30 years so I’m hoping I can turn it around.

“This really is the pub’s last chance and nobody wants to see yet another pub in the area close for good so I’d urge everyone out there to support me as much as they can.

“The past is the past - now is the time to look to the future and make the pub exactly what a village pub should be.”

The pub, which is owned by Punch Taverns, will be serving bar snacks and Mr May is hoping to be able to re-open the kitchen and restaurant area soon.

Popular cover band T ‘n’ T will be performing at the pub on Saturday (February 8) from 9pm.

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