Meet the landlords
Meet Sylvia Hodgkiss and Phil Roe – General Managers
Sylvia and Phil are the dynamic duo who run The Woolpack Pub & Kitchen. Phil has worked in the pub trade for 24 years, both as an assistant manager and also running his own successful pubs.
He persuaded Sylvia to join the trade two years ago shortly after they met (she had previously worked for the NHS supporting mental health patients in the Nottingham area); and she took to it like a duck to water.
She and Phil love life working together as a team for Batemans and serving the Wainfleet community. They were enticed by Batemans friendly approach to business and the level of hands-on support they receive from the Brewery.
In their spare time, they share a passion for Northern Soul and Scooters. In addition, Sylvia loves a spot of traditional Morris Dancing.
History of The Woolpack Pub & Kitchen & Wainfleet
The Woolpack Pub & Kitchen dates back to the 1700s and was originally the home of John Shaw Esquire, a local dignitary.
Batemans bought The Woolpack Pub & Kitchen in 1990 (at that time named the Woolpack Hotel) from Home Brewery in Nottingham having just won their battle to retain independence. Batemans had very little cash available and therefore bought the pub on an old-fashioned agreement which committed Batemans to buy a minimum volume of beer from Home Brewery over a number of years and in return they ‘gave’ the pub to Batemans.
The pub had only just recently been repaired after a fire had taken the roof off. Batemans always wanted The Woolpack Pub & Kitchen due to its magnificent presence overlooking the historic Wainfleet Market Place and the Wainfleet Medieval Butter Cross where John Wesley once preached and the clock tower.
Wainfleet All Saints, to use its full name, sits near the site of the Roman settlement Vainono, which was unearthed following the discovery of Roman coins in the area.
Wainfleet certainly existed by 1086, as it was mentioned in the Domesday Book. During medieval times, the town was a busy port; but the silting of the River Steeping put paid to that.
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