Putting pub at heart of village

New landlord Dean Cavanagh and landlady Trisha Cockin behind the bar at The Central, Stainforth. Picture: Andrew Roe
New landlord Dean Cavanagh and landlady Trisha Cockin behind the bar at The Central, Stainforth. Picture: Andrew Roe

TWO cousins have transformed a former working men’s club into a pub at the heart of the community.

Licensees Dean Cavanagh, 40, and Trisha Cockin, 23, took over The Central in Stainforth in May and they want to see it at the centre of village life.

With regular live entertainment as well as a disco on Fridays and karaoke on Saturday, residents have praised their efforts to date.

Dean said: “We want to provide somewhere that people in the village can be proud of. We want them to be able to come here for any community occasion.

“Whether it’s for a children’s party or a wake, we want them to feel like it is a place they can come and spend time with family and friends.”

Business partners Dean and Tricia, who both grew up in the village, had to spruce up the Silver Street premises before it re-opened with a new sound system and a major clean-up.

They have it on a six-year lease from Dowses’ Fun Fairs and have high hopes to bring even more changes to the pub in the future.

Dean, who has spent more than 20 years working as a DJ, added: “There is no kitchen at present but it’s certainly something we would consider in the future.”

Among the beers currently available are Carling, Foster’s and John Smith’s. A ladies night has been set up on a Monday with plans to raise money to be able to put on more activities for kids. Any ladies are welcome at the pub on Mondays from 8pm.

There is also a special ladies’ tonight with erotic dancing and a drag artist. Tickets cost £7.

“We just want it to be like pubs used to be, and we’re going onwards and upwards in what we want to achieve,” added Dean.

The Central is in Silver Street, Stainforth. Dean can be contacted on 07972181182 for any bookings or enquiries.