From pot washer to owner

Gemma Sanderson outside the  Spotted Cow in Elwick Village
Gemma Sanderson outside the Spotted Cow in Elwick Village

NEARLY five years ago Gemma Sanderson started work as a pot washer in a popular village pub – now she is the proud new owner.

Gemma and her younger brother, Kevin Sanderson, 22, have taken over the reins at the Spotted Cow, in Elwick, near Hartlepool.

The siblings, who will work closely with their parents, Kevin, 53, and Jackie, 52, have been in charge for less than two weeks, but have already made their mark.

A full new kitchen has been installed, the lounge has been completely decorated and a new menu is already in place.

And Gemma says she also plans to introduce live bands and a quiz night in the coming weeks.

“The feedback has already been very good,” said Gemma, a mum of Joshua, five, who lives in the Fens area of Hartlepool.

“It is a long-term project and it’s great to be in it together as a family.

“Hopefully we can make it a real success.”

Gemma has worked at the pub for the last five years, but when she got wind of the fact it was going up for sale, she decided, with the help of her family, to lodge a bid.

She will work closely with her brother, Kevin, who previously worked as a chef in the White Hart, in Hart Village, and lives in Wynyard.

“We do have plenty of ideas and we will introduce them straight away,” added Gemma.

“We will have live bands playing which I think will prove popular and start a new pub quiz.”

The takeover at the Spotted Cow follows the McOrville Inn, also in the village, swapping hands earlier this year.

A Leeds-based company took over the lease of the pub in March.

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