Lynda, Dorian and Ryland Higgins are celebrating their tenth anniversay at the Half Moon Inn, Clayhidon with a mini festival this weekend
For much of the UK pub trade it has been a disastrous decade, with more than 13,000 pubs forced to close as they failed to weather two great storms – the smoking ban and the recession – but the Half Moon has kept on shining.
“It has been very difficult at times, and I don’t really know how we have done it,” said Lynda. “Having a good chef is a major reason. And maybe it has something to do with the way we have used our skittles/function room. We have tried all kinds of things from live ferret racing to James Bond evenings, but now we are concentrating on good food and good beer and that seems to work”
A constantly varying menu and having a garden with one of the finest views in the Blackdowns are two more reasons why the punters keep trekking up the hill to Lynda and Dorian’s place.
There were just the two of them when they arrived in June 2006. Three weeks later their son Ryland was born. They invited customers to help them name their baby boy. Now the three of them warmly invite customers old and new to join in a weekend of festivities to celebrate their 10 years at the helm.
The celebrations will begin on Friday July 1, with a 70s-inspired menu in the evening and a 70s disco. “Come in 70s fancy dress if you dare – there’ll be a prize for the best dressed couple,” said Dorian.
On Saturday July 2 there’ll be a barbecue and mini beer festival in The Half Moon’s beautiful beer garden, which enjoys the best view for miles around.
A jazz trio, the Charlie Hearnshaw Trio will follow Sunday lunch on July 3, with Devon cream teas available all afternoon.