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L-R Gerry & Ann Bean with Clare & Graham Jenkins

New owners for renowned pub

The couple behind a well-known Shrewsbury restaurant and bar have announced that they have bought one of the county’s most renowned country pubs.

Clare and Graham Jenkins, owners of Henry Tudor House off Wyle Cop, have acquired the New Inn at Baschurch, north Shropshire.

The pub is listed in the Good Pub Guide and recommended by a range of other organisations such as the AA, the Campaign for Real Ale and Alastair Sawday.

Clare Jenkins said that they were delighted to be taking over the New Inn from owners Gerry and Ann Bean, who are retiring.

“This is a very exciting move for Graham and I – we are very much looking forward to getting to know our new staff and customers, although having lived in north Shropshire for over 15 years, we were regular customers at the New Inn and this is one of the reasons we jumped at the chance of buying it.

“People come from all over Shropshire and the surrounding area to the New Inn as it has such an excellent reputation for good quality food and drink.”

Employing a team of 15 full and part-time staff, the New Inn has restaurant seating for up to 50, a bar and large garden where meals and bar snacks are served.

“The New Inn has a great team and we look forward to working with them as we build on the pub’s good name, carrying out some refurbishment work and enhancing the offer even further. Our executive chef Chris Conde is also looking forward to working with head chef Andrea Birch combining the skills of her team with those from Henry Tudor House.”

Clare and Graham bought Henry Tudor House four years ago, investing in a complete restoration project at the town’s signature medieval building. 

It is now a thriving bar and restaurant, music and comedy venue which has won a string of awards.

The Bean family, Gerry, Ann and well-known TV chef Marcus Bean, took over at The New Inn eleven years ago.

They said they were thrilled that Graham and Clare had acquired the New Inn and that it would continue its independent, family run traditions, wishing them well for the future.