New owners of Cleethorpes restaurant promise 'exciting plans'

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 15 Mar 2017

THE new owners of a popular Cleethorpes restaurant have promised exciting times ahead.

Business partners Lee Appleyard, Sean Desouza and Brian Gilbert have taken over at Relish on Alexandra Road and the restaurant is set to re-open on Monday.

"I have always wanted to open a business in Cleethorpes. To come back here and open my own place has been a dream for years," Lee, 40, said.

"I am originally from Cleethorpes and I have lived down in London for the last 18 years. We have some exciting plans ahead."

Relish is just one of a number venues previously owned by businessman David Butler which have since changed hands.

As reported this week, Dexters Alehouse and Kitchen on Wardall Street, Cleethorpes has been taken over by the Bermondsey Pub Company. The venue's original name, the Fisherman's Arms, is set to be reinstated.

The brewery has also taken over Dexters in Brigg.

It is understood the brewery deal also includes a Dexters in Hull and that the Louth and Lincoln sites have been taken over by a separate firm.

A spokesperson from Bermondsey Pub Company said: "We can confirm we have acquired Dexter sites in Brigg and Cleethorpes.

"Both pubs will trade under their original names, The Black Bull in Brigg and The Fisherman's Arms in Cleethorpes, and we will be offering a similar drinks range to what we've inherited, in conjunction with a classic pub food menu that has choice for all.

"All existing employees have been retained at the sites."

The Dexters chain of pubs was opened by Fine Leisure Ltd, which also has The Coach House and Harveys in its portfolio, under the directorship of David Butler. The Cleethorpes venue opened in 2015 and Louth early in 2016.

Fine Leisure Ltd also previously ran The Settlement and Parkers Restaurant in the Market Place, Caistor. The restaurant re-opened under new management in November of last year.

A staff member said Harveys and The Coach House will continue to operate as part of Mr Butler's stable of venues.

Last month it was decided that Harveys could remain open following a licensing review after a catalogue of assaults allegedly involving door staff.

Members of North East Lincolnshire Council's licensing sub-committee imposed a set of strict conditions that the new management team and Mr Butler, must comply with.

Before the hearing, Mr Butler said Harveys would undergo a major refurbishment this year.

The Grimsby Telegraph has been unable to make contact with Mr Butler.



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