Date: 10th September 2021

From barmaid to landlady: Jade's at the helm following pub's £250k refurbishment

It was Jade Reed's dream to run the Stag Inn pub in Stockton. And after a £250,000 refurb for the Silver Street establishment, her wish has come true.

Jade has gone from barmaid of seven years to landlady, and is now welcoming customers through the doors at the transformed pub once again.

“It’s her future that we’re helping her build,” said her dad John, from Norton, who makes up the team with wife Carolyn, son Junior.

“When it came to the lease, my daughter said she wanted it.”

The Reeds contacted the brewery, Admiral Taverns, and it carried out a £250,000 refurbishment, with investment also coming from the family.

The transformation took four weeks and they were able to welcome their customer back inside for a pint on May 18.

John said the family have enjoyed working together, with Jade in the centre position, and the others following her lead.

“It’s been brilliant, it’s gone really well," he said.

“It transformed it from a horrible, to a lovely place to drink at."

Customers have praised the outdoor seating area particularly, which is a suntrap between 5pm and 9pm.

Apart from Jade’s experience in the pub, the rest of the family have come from completely different backgrounds to support her dream.

“It’s a brand new adventure for us, it’s a nice investment for the family,” John said.

John owned a property development company and is due to retire in a few years, so he has been happy to support Jade’s vision of what the pub could be.

John and his wife Carolyn had been customers of the Stag Inn for the past 20 years but could see that it wasn’t being taken care of.

“We’re keeping a nice clean pub now, I knew as long as we cleaned the pub up it’d be a nice little goldmine," said John.

“The reviews off the clientele are absolutely outstanding, they’re saying we’re the best pub in Stockton."

The pub was built in the 1800s, one of the oldest in the town.

Although it has seen a lot of changes over the years, Jade and her family are getting the pub back on the right track.

“We’re nice, honest people and we keep the pub clean and tidy, and keep the riff raff out," John said.

“Now it’s a place where people can bring their wives and girlfriends."

Since the covid-19 restrictions have lifted, there is less pressure on the team and they are able to relax and enjoy chatting with their customers once again.

John believes the Reeds are offering more of a personal service than other pubs in the area, and they pride themselves on being family-run with traditional roots.

Once restrictions continue to ease and life goes back to normal, the family is hoping to host open mic nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays to showcase the local talent, as well as other live music events.

They are serving coffee in the mornings that dog walkers in particular have enjoyed in the outdoor seating area.

“The bar has always been a racing bar, so we’ve got both racing channels on on separate TVs,” John said.

And the popular jukebox is situated in the back room for customers to enjoy.


Sam Withers