The Penruddocke Arms has opened a popular and much-needed local convenience store in the hamlet of Baverstock, part of Dinton parish.
The village community shop closed last year after being dubbed a ‘failed experiment’.
Carly Hunt and Matt Keel are joint owners of the old pub, known locally as ‘The Pen’ and they were heart-broken when the Dinton village store closed for good.
They took it upon themselves to bring the community into their already successful pub, with the help from funding organisation ‘Pubs is the Hub’ which specialises in helping communities reunite through village pubs. The Penruddocke Arms now has a transformed games room as the newly- refurbished shop and bakery in support of the village.
“I grew up in Dinton and always used the village shop. Every village needs at least one shop and pub, they are an important meeting place for locals,” Carly said.
The shop has a range of products from fresh fruit and vegetables to freshly-baked bread and sweet treats, all made on the premises. Fresh meat, local produce, groceries and gas bottles can also be found in store.
“The bakery side is becoming very popular, and we bake fresh bread and pastries all day from our premises, and our locals love it!
“If customers would like us to order in cuts of meat or other products they would like to see in their local shop, we would be thrilled to do so,” Carly explained.
A delivery service is available to cater for the elderly residents living in Dinton and surrounding areas who are unable to drive to the shop. The store has had a resounding response from customers and passing trade and works well alongside the restaurant which is benefiting from the new shop trade and is an attraction for new business.
“Customers can enjoy all of our facilities under one roof. Eat, shop, socialise and drink!” Carly stressed.