Family affair for new landlords of Great Bowden pub

From left, the Homers, Scott, Paige, Kev and Zoe, with Irene and Ron Back outside the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Great Bowden
From left, the Homers, Scott, Paige, Kev and Zoe, with Irene and Ron Back outside the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Great Bowden

The new landlords of the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Great Bowden are planning to bring the “buzz” back to the village pub.

Husband and wife Kev (48) and Zoe Homer (41) are hoping to revive the pub’s fortunes through “a warm welcome, decent beer and good food”.

The couple, who are from Coventry, are looking to hire a chef, start serving bar snacks and refurbish the pub’s restaurant by next month.

Having closed for a week for a clean, the couple reopened the pub on Friday, November 28, to say hello to regulars with complimentary glasses of prosecco and snacks.

They are also seeking feedback from locals before making any substantial changes.

Zoe said: “We are receptive to anybody who has got any sensible suggestions.

“The pub has got massive potential. From speaking to the locals, we understand that years ago it was buzzing. We want to bring back that buzz.

“People like a warm welcome, decent beer and good food. I think they are the three most important things.

“If you get these right, I don’t think you can lose.

“We are happy for families and dogs to come in and will welcome group bookings and private parties.”

Kev runs a HGV driver recruitment agency in Leicester but the couple have been searching for new challenges and jumped at the chance to run the Shoulder.

Zoe, who has previously worked behind a bar and in catering, added: “My parents ran a pub for 19 years, part of my childhood was in a pub.”

And it will be family affair at the pub, based on the village’s The Green, with daughter Paige (19), pulling pints and son Scott (16) working as a glass collector.

Zoe’s parents Ron and Irene Back are also providing huge support with their wealth of knowledge and experience.