AS part of our new spotlight feature we are highlighting local pubs and bars across Denbighshire and Conwy.

If you are a publican, landlord or bar owner or manager, we want to hear from you.

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Pubs, bars and restaurants are among those undoubtedly hit the hardest by the coronavirus lockdown.

Despite help in the form of Eat in to Help Out and other Government-backed assistance, many have had to close or invest to satisfy regulations, witnessing the emergence of more outside spaces.

One Rhuddlan-based pub and it’s landlord Steven Gill are understandably very proud of their team and their new facilities which are also proving a hit with customers.

Where is the name of the pub/bar?

The New Inn

Where is the pub/bar based?

High Street, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, LL18 2TY.

How long have you run the pub/bar?

Seven years

Any specialities – real ales, gin etc?

We serve lots of different gins and vodkas and also serve many different cocktails

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Most memorable moments at the pub/bar?

Making it from a tiny indoor drinker to an enjoyable large outdoor seating area with wooden pods al heated etc and great food

Challenges faced?

Covid really hit us hard with lock downs but we seem to have bounced back better and stronger.

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Any unusual history – ghosts, pub/bar name origin etc?

The pub was the local coach house back in the 17th century and we do have a couple of resident ghosts but they cause no harm, one in the bar area and one in one of the guest rooms. The one upstairs in the guest room is a tall slender man wearing a top hat. When we had the ghost hunters here they said his presence was strong in one corner of the guest room.

We are not 100 per cent sure of the other one but it’s a woman, either a child or an elderly woman.

They never cause us any harm and when I’m cashing up at night I will often chat with them.

Do you embrace being part of the community?

Yes we try to support all events in the local community and pride ourselves in being part of the hub of the community

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Any special events – quiz nights, football team, music, festivals etc?

When we are back to the new normal we will have our quiz nights back on and also the pool, dominoes and darts teams back.

Best thing about being landlord of the pub/bar?

Meeting different people and being part of the local community

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Opening hours ?

Seven days a week 12 noon to 11pm.

The New Inn, High Street, Rhuddlan. Tel: 07483113849