Dolphin back in business

THE DOLPHIN pub is now under new management and is going to get a quarter of a million pound facelift.

The pub, owned by Punch Taverns, will be taken over Martin and Liz Besford this week who have been coming to Whitby for over 30 years and have always wanted to live here.

It will be a fairly low key opening as they have ambitious plans to transform the popular boozer which closed suddenly in September leaving staff out of a job and locals and regulars disappointed.

Over the weeks that the pub has been closed, contractors and workmen have been in and out of the pub clearing it out and doing work getting it ready for re-opening.

Plans for an upgrade in early Spring include a top to bottom refit and the upgrading of the pub’s six bedrooms.

Martin is a former engineer and Liz has a background in hotel management.

The couple impressed Punch when they came for an interview when Liz took a home-made Scotch egg to show her vision for high quality pub food.

Liz said: “We’ve been coming to Whitby for 30 years and always hankered to live here. The Dolphin is an ideal property for us to make the dream come true – it occupies the best position in Whitby. I’d very much like to work with local licensees to promote Whitby as a premier East Coast resort.”

They plan to serve home-cooked food, making the most of locally sources ingredients, especially fish.

Liz is also hoping to turn it into a “proper pie pub” with pies being made to her own recipe as well as serving up an all day bar snacks menu.