OLLIE McTear has worked in hospitality for around 25 years. He was Bar Manager at The Grand for 10 years and has spent the last six as General Manager at the popular Crown and Anchor.

Now he has decided the time is right to take on his own business – and he’s now the boss at The Holly Blue on the Hailsham Road at Pevensey.

It’s a family-friendly pub and restaurant, and Ollie says it’s now about a whole lot more too.

He said: “I decided the time had come for a change and a challenge, and we found The Holly Blue which we realised needed a lot of love and a lot of work.

“The service level is now very high. Yes, we do offer a carvery but we also offer other quality meals- we have a full menu on offer.

“We have high quality staff. One chef from The Grand is now here so too are colleagues from the Crown and Anchor who left there.

“It’s all about embracing the community. and that’s what The Holly Blue is now doing.

“If you don’t currently come, visit us and give us a try. 

“Many people will remember this place when it was called Coopers. I have childhood memories from Coopers, and I want to create childhood memories here for families now as well.

“We welcome families with children, including kids and grandparents. We welcome dogs and it’s a really safe and nice place to come and visit. We also remain very loyal to our daytime trade, 

“We have new chefs, a new team and new passion.”