Clinton Arms is open for business

PUBLISHED: 13:56 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:56 15 July 2013

Reopening of The Clinton Arms. Pictured are new owners Lynnette Helmer and son Francois Helmer with staff Sam Waring and Sammy Veal. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 6931-28-13AW

Reopening of The Clinton Arms. Pictured are new owners Lynnette Helmer and son Francois Helmer with staff Sam Waring and Sammy Veal. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 6931-28-13AW

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The Clinton Arms in Littleham reopened last Saturday, nine months after it closed its doors.

The lease of the popular public house has been taken on by two experienced publicans in mother and son team Lynette and Francois Helmer, with the day-to-day running overseen by Sammy Veal.

Lynette and Francois also run the Black Horse in Sidmouth town centre and they previously managed the Bowd Inn.

She said: “We are hoping for a steady stream of custom, and we have had a very good reaction from residents in Littleham.

“A lot of people have come in and said how pleased and excited they are and they were unhappy it had closed. They were concerned it was going to be turned into flats.”

They were asked to take on the lease by management company Enterprise Inns: “I think they were quite eager for it to reopen. It’s a great pub. They must have faith in us!”

Lynette added that they wanted the pub to once again become the focal point for the village: “Obviously we will welcome visitors from Sandy Bay, but foremost we want it to be a pub for locals.”

To that end, they are keen to recruit residents on to their darts, pool and euchre teams, and they hope to soon offer regular entertainment.

including bingo evenings, karaoke and live music.

She added: “We are serving good home cooked pub grub which is reasonably priced.”

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