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Monk’s Walk licensee takes on second town pub

Former Beverley Minster Virger Neil Pickford has taken on the running of a second pub in the town. Mr Pickford, who has already breathed new life into the Monk’s Walk in Highgate, yesterday (Monday) became the new landlord of the Lord Nelson in nearby Flemingate.

Mr Pickford, who recently announced a scheme to attract investors, allowing the purchase of the Monk’s Walk, says he is also hoping to transform the Lord Nelson, creating a pub and wine bar where “punters can have a quiet natter over a drink”. It would also have “a food offering different to that currently available elsewhere”.

He said: “What I want to create is a ‘chatter’ pub where you can go in, and not be worried about being disturbed by sport or music. It’s going to be an oasis really, where you can relax and talk. I think the pub’s got a lot of potential and I want to help realise that, because it’s in a really good location.”

Mr Pickford plans to split his time between the Lord Nelson and the Monk’s Walk, and will be helped in the operation by his son Tim.