It’s a family affair as Alton’s historic Bulls Head reopens with locals James and Gemma at the helm

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An historic pub which has previously been popular with locals, and tourists visiting Alton Towers and the Peak District countryside, is to be revived.

It will be a family affair at the Bulls Head, High Street, Alton, after the local Miller family bought the 17th Century inn.

Husband and wife James and Gemma Miller both run other businesses in the village and they will be joined as owners by James’ father and mother, John and Stephanie Miller.

Work has now started on a three month refurbishment programme which will see the Grade 2 Listed Building improved with new windows, bar, seating and curtains and work on the pub’s cellar.

“The Bulls Head was popular with locals and has been sorely missed since its closure in January,” said James. “I have been going into the pub all my adult life and it is a real thrill to be taking it on.

“It is a traditional pub and we will be maintaining that welcoming, cosy atmosphere. The Bulls Head is a Freehouse and, as a beer lover, I will certainly be looking to source a good range of real ales and craft beer, including beer from local breweries. We will also be installing a special oven to cook wood-fired pizzas.”

James will continue to run Miller Commercial Brokers Ltd, a business that he founded three years ago in Alton, but will also take his turn behind the bar alongside Gemma and the pub’s staff.

Gemma is also well known as a local entrepreneur, having founded the Vintage Suitcase, a company which puts on regular, popular vintage fairs and events at venues including Uttoxeter Racecourse and the Dome, Buxton.

Added James: “I grew up in Alton, have an insurance brokers in the village, and even had a summer job stocking the teddy machines at Alton Towers. I am committed to Alton and will be welcoming many friends and familiar faces into the Bulls Head.”



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