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The Rusty Axe reopened in October 2018 with Sue Bloxham (head chef and proprietor) at the helm.

After a brief closure during early summer whilst the bar area was given a decor overhaul, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere to meet for drinks with friends and family. Sue and family are looking forward to welcoming many locals and further afield customers. With the second part of the renovations now completed, remodelling the current kitchen and restaurant, installing new appliances and refurbishment of the restaurant area, the kitchen is now operating at full capacity.

A little about Sue who is no stranger to either the pub trade or the local area, where she is well known too many as the recent landlady of The Globe Inn, Somerton.

Prior to this, over the years Sue has had hands on experience as the former head chef of the Unicorn Hotel before taking over as the Proprietor and head chef of Somerton’s Market Bar and Bistro, (achieving a listing in The Good Food Guide within the first 4 months of opening).

From this, Sue took on The Old Inn free house in the picturesque village of Holton, near Wincanton 2 years ago, whereby creating success in this food driven business enjoyed by all especially locals to the village.

Sue was then pleased to return to her local area, where she grew up and family and friends reside. A joint partnership with nationwide pub company Punch saw Sue enjoying a successful 18 months restoring a thriving food trade within The Globe Inn.

Sue’s new venture here at The Rusty will be a long term investment for both herself and Mentor Inns, emphasising on providing a relaxing, friendly village pub whilst serving locally produced, seasonal menus, freshly prepared here by Sue & her kitchen staff.

Sue is looking forward to ensuring The Rusty Axe remains a village pub, enjoyed by locals and beyond whilst building a reputation for first class food and hospitality.

In addition to a range of seasonal, locally sourced and freshly prepared menus, The Rusty Axe will serve a selection of quality wines, spirits and beers including local cask ales and popular brewery ales from St Austell and Sharps.

An investment into redesigning the kitchen and restaurant area is now completed. Our new extended kitchen opening onto the newly refurbished dining area creates the perfect space for intimate dining for two or for family get together for all the family. A Gin Bar and lounge area has been implemented into the new design and presently hosts approx 20 gins alongside select premium spirits.

Read more here… What’s on in 2019.

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