Landlady sets up shop to help save village pub

Jacqueline Janusz Kirsty Murray Old Red Lion Tetsworth
Jacqueline Janusz Kirsty Murray Old Red Lion Tetsworth

A pub has been saved from closure by a landlady who has taken the unusual step of converting a section of it into a village shop.

The Old Red Lion in Tetsworth looked set to close as new tenants could not be found. That was until Jacqueline Janusz came up with her unique plan.

Tetsworth has been without a shop since its post office closed, and Ms Janusz says people have taken well to the new set-up.

The store stocks everything from milk and bread to sweets and crisps, and the landlady is on the lookout for local produce she can sell there.

Ms Janusz said: “We are quite pleased with it so far.

“We are trying to create a real country feel and bring in a lot of local produce.

“People who come in to the shop are really pleased. It’s something that they have needed.

“They have missed the post office. Before they had to go to Thame for a loaf of bread. Now they can come to the village shop and buy this and that when they run out at home.”

Ms Janusz and her assistant Kirsty Murray have got the shop going, and the landlady is considering taking on another employee, with everyone ‘getting stuck in helping out’ in the shop, behind the bar, and in the kitchen preparing bar snacks.

Ms Janusz even has plans to create a tea room in the restaurant area of the pub, selling homemade cakes in a relaxing atmosphere.

She said: “It would be nice to make it a place where people can come and meet for a coffee.”