Pals take over Ilkeston pub that was closed for weeks

The Needlemakers pub has been taken over by Kane Rowlett and Lindsey Needham after being closed for a few weeks.
The Needlemakers pub has been taken over by Kane Rowlett and Lindsey Needham after being closed for a few weeks.

The new managers of an Ilkeston pub that was closed for more than a month say they aim to give it a new lease of life.

The CAMRA rated Needlemakers’ Arms on Kensington Street has reopened after a period of closure when the last manager left unexpectedly.

The Punch Taverns pub is now being run by friends Lindsay Needham, 27, and Kane Rowlett, 24, who also run the Kings Head on the Market Place.

Lindsay, who has worked at other pubs in Ilkeston including The Castle, said: “I used to go The Needlemakers’ Arms with my grandad when I was eight. It used to be a family pub devoted to customers and we are trying to build it back up to the traditional pub that it used to be.

“We have been doing a lot of work to get it back up to what it was and have had a big clean up operation.”

The pub will have live entertainment every Friday and will also be introducing a quiz night and bingo.

It will also begin to serve real ales from local breweries.

The pub is open from 3pm until late in the week and 12pm until late at the weekend.

Lindsay added: “The regulars have started to come back so hopefully we are here to stay.”

Meanwhile The General Havelock on Stanton Road has now been put up for auction with Graham Penny, at a guide price of £240,000.

The auction will be held at the iPro stadium in Derby on October 22.

The auctioneer’s website states that it is up for sale due to poor health.

The pub, which was renovated earlier this year, will be sold as vacant possession on completion.

The pub was opened as a cafe and rotisserie in March following a major refurbishment.

It is described as an ‘iconic venue waiting for the right operator - an opportunity to acquire a beautiful art deco building in busy location.’

More information can be found at grahampennyacutions.com