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St Ippolyts welcomes The Rusty Gun

PUBLISHED: 12:28 13 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:02 20 February 2013

Pictures from left to right:  Liz Gouldie, manager; Peter Lilley MP for Hitchin and Harpenden and Chris Gerard, managing director of  Hertfordshire leisure company Innventure.

Pictures from left to right: Liz Gouldie, manager; Peter Lilley MP for Hitchin and Harpenden and Chris Gerard, managing director of Hertfordshire leisure company Innventure.

Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, pulled a pint for The Rusty Gun, a new locally owned business and demonstrates his support for country pubs.

Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, pulled a pint for a new locally owned business and demonstrates his support for country pubs.


Peter Lilley visited the one-week-old, newly refurbished pub, restaurant and produce store, The Rusty Gun on the April 9.


He dropped in to pull a pint of the pub's own beer, named The Rusty Gun, and while he was there met nine of the new chefs in the kitchen, was briefed on the green cooking technology powering the kitchen, and reviewed the local produce available in the integrated farm shop.


Whitwell-based Chris Gerard, owner of The Rusty Gun, said, 'It was great that Mr Lilley could find the time to visit with us at this busy election time. We have created 20 new jobs and built an extraordinary new business on the southern edge of Hitchin in the depths of a recession. This decision was not without risk and I am really grateful for his support and that of others. Our first week has been truly amazing with 1,500 guests visiting us for something to eat and drink, even the produce store has exceeded our wildest expectations.'


An extensive bar menu is backed by a fine-dining restaurant offering specialities such as Jerusalem artichoke risotto with white truffles and parmesan rosti; and clams and stone bass in a light tomato and lobster broth with baby Shetland black potatoes and basil crisps.


The Rusty Gun pub/restaurant (formerly The Royal Oak,)is on the London Road at St Ippolyts, between Hitchin and Codicote.

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