Renwick's English-style pub for sale

KAT PICKFORD
Last updated 12:00 13/09/2012
Cork and Keg
Derek Flynn

Larry Collins and his wife, Dianne Collins are selling the Cork and Keg Pub in Renwick

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A Renwick watering hole popular with English tourists and thirsty wine industry workers is on the market, complete with Daisy the pub cat.

The Cork & Keg Pub on Inkerman St in Renwick, was built in 1995 by Bill and Marilyn Penfold and Tony Nightingale.

Renwick couple Larry and Diane Collins bought the pub from Mr and Mrs Penfold in 2005.

After eight years of pouring pints for their regulars and visitors from abroad, retirement is knocking and they are eager to do a bit of travelling themselves.

Mr Collins, 64, was a regular at the Cork & Keg when he was an owner-operator truck driver, and had first option to buy when the previous owners wanted to sell, he said.

“We came in with a four-year plan, and nearly eight years later we've decided to call it a day - we're not getting any younger."

“It's been a good life, we've meet lots of people, we've got some great locals and good staff."

The Cork & Keg replicates an old English pub, and has a reputation as a destination for people from all around the world.

“Some people land in Christchurch and make a bee-line for us, it's pretty amazing," he said.

The huge wooden beams supporting the ceiling were salvaged from the nearby Hawkesbury Bridge when floodwaters partially washed it away - but he cannot recall when the flood was.

The pub comes with a beer garden, two bedroom apartment upstairs where the couple live, a large storage shed out the front which used to be a brewery and Daisy the cat. The Collinses adopted the cat a few years ago when a friend moved away.

They might consider the option of leasing the Cork & Keg to the right people, Mr Collins said.

Since listing the sale of the pub with Bayleys two weeks ago they have had lots of interest but nothing serious, he said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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