Ex-landlady is back on a roll after opening sandwich shop in Hartlepool

Former landlady Brenda Farrow (centre) has opened a sandwich shop in the former Mowbray pub.
Former landlady Brenda Farrow (centre) has opened a sandwich shop in the former Mowbray pub.

A FORMER pub landlady whose two previous watering holes have closed to make way for new development is getting her teeth into a new business.

Brenda Farrow has opened up the new Deli B sandwich shop in what was the Mowbray Pub, in Mowbray Road, Hartlepool, as part of a complex that also plans to house a convenience store and a smaller pub.

Brenda, 58, and her husband Chris, 57, ran the Woodcutter pub, in Kingsley Avenue, until the start of the year when it was bought by Euro-Property Management to make way for 13 three-bedroomed houses.

Before that, the couple ran The Station pub, in Station Lane, which Euro Property Management demolished to make way for a Sainsbury’s.

But now Brenda, who has served 20 years in the pub trade and 30 years catering experience, hopes she has landed on her feet.

The shop, which sells sandwiches and hot roasts and is open Mondays to Fridays and Saturday mornings, opened on February 10 and since then trade has been brisk.

Brenda said: “I was talking to Jon Whitfield from Euro Property Management before we left the Woodcutter and he said ‘I might know somewhere for you’.”

Husband Chris helped invest in the shop and since opening Brenda said business has been “smashing, I really can’t believe it”.

“People have been coming in from all over.”

Grandmother-of-11 Brenda, who lives in Brenda Road, said she loved the pub trade but it was “dying down” and added: “Doing something like this is a different feeling. With having the cooking experience I thought I might as well open my own shop. But we miss our regulars.”

Brenda runs the shop with her daughter, Melanie Horton, niece Bethany Nixon and Debbie Gowland.

Brenda, who is also mum to Brian Horton and Candice Foster, said there was “light at the end of the tunnel if you are willing to work for it”.