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Landlord of White Horse in Poppleton diversifies in bid to secure pub's future
A VILLAGE pub near York is looking to the East in an attempt to diversify and bring more customers to the door.
The White Horse in Poppleton is now welcoming diners to its Indian restaurant, The Lumja Lounge, which landlord Sean Singleton is hoping will secure the business’s future.
Mr Singleton, 51, has teamed up with the owners of York’s successful Jaipur Spice restaurants to transform a formerly under-used area of the White Horse into a VIP eating area and takeaway service.
He said: “I was sat on my own in here one night and I thought ‘what can I do because the businesses isn’t working on its own’.
“We had one big room which we hardly used – we only used it for our carvery on Sunday, which we are still doing, so I invited Kalique Zaman, an old friend from Jaipur Spice, to come and have a look.”
The pair recognised the potential of the site, following a similar plan at The Old Grey Mare in Clifton Green, and only three months after the initial idea, the Lumja Lounge held its opening night on Wednesday.
Restaurant manager, Mohsin Khan, 26, said: “People love drinks and curry – they go hand-in-hand together. I ran a very similar thing at the Old Grey Mare and it works perfectly as a business model. Poppleton is a good place to open a restaurant.”
Mr Singleton said: “We have had to do this otherwise we wouldn’t have been here much longer. It’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of pressure, but you only get out what you put in.”
The Lumja Lounge can seat 70 to 80 people and is open seven days a week.