Help save the Lord High Admiral

by Alistair Skitt in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th January 2021 we successfully raised £47,745 with 672 supporters in 28 days

To save the LHA

by Alistair Skitt in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we make it to our stretch target we will use it for improvements to our kitchen to bring everyone even better food next summer.

Hey everyone.


Before we get started on this we'd first like to thank everyone who has been back to the pub under the new tier rules. The support we would like most is just your continued custom.


Thanks for taking the time to read through our crowdfunder. Let us tell you a little about us, our pub and how we got to the stage that we need to ask for your help.



Holly and Alistair met in 2014 putting together a unique community cafe and multi-use space in Hackney called Hatch. Holly was from the South West and It was always a plan for us to head down here somewhere and make a home.

We've always been p1608562295_img_3415.jpgassionate about hospitality and creating a space for people from as many walks of life as possible to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves. Working in hospitality is not always the most financially rewarding but working hard and seeing people enjoy themselves on our offering is what we thrive on. Our first child Stan was born in May 2019 and since then we have truly become a family business.

The Pub

We took over the 200 year old Lord High Admiral pub in Stonehouse in 2017. We offered a vibrant atmosphere with new drinks and fresh homemade food trying to stick to truly being a proper pub that does pub grub not a gastro pub/restaurant. We built a great team at the pub some of whom have stayed with us since opening and many others that have come and gone onto other things. All have been a huge part of what the LHA has become. We made some great improvements to the pub and the courtyard garden. With improvements came many new opportunities to host various events and groups. The garden has hosted many music nights, DJ’s bands, even a music festival launch party. Weekly Morris men get togethers and Irish folk music keep us entertained during our winter months. We’ve worked with local artists, supported the amazing guys at Pollenize and we take tremendous pride in making the pub such a strong community minded business.


The Hub


1608562880_img_3754.jpgOver the first lockdown and the summer we opened the pub up as a hub. We started by just selling some of our Knead Pizza pizzas out of the back gate to offer people something during the darkest hours of the beginning of this horrible pandemic. This grew into the hub which welcomed The Hutong Cafe and Tilt (Sliders and Sides) to join us, and all operate from the same building. It was a great community success and brought back a sense of normality for people that had been missing for so long.



Where we are now....

As i'm sure everyone knows by now hospitality is F*****D! The grants that the government are providing and have provided are more than enough for some and way less than enough for others. Largely dependent on the floorspace of your business which is not always an exact reflection of the businesses costs. We went into debt almost straight away when covid hit. We threw away nearly £2000 of beer, soft drinks, snacks and food. (We tried to give away as much as possible) We reduced this waste on the second lockdown considerably with much more careful planning as you can imagine. We furloughed all of our staff and kept them on furlough as long as possible. Our landlords have been kind to us and we thank Millfields Trust for their support. Many businesses have not had any support from landlords and we feel for them. Put bluntly though the support has not been enough and month by month we sink further into debt. The added staffing costs and work/policing required in the tier systems makes the small margins in hospitality even smaller or non-existent. What should be hospitalities most profitable time of year is so restricted that working out whether it was viable to open was touch and go. Many have not even tried so we feel grateful to have got at least something going again.

As we all know though Winter is Coming (January- March) and without help we may not make it through. This is where you guys come in... We'd really like to keep the pub open even if we can't make a profit but we need help. If you could donate something or even just buy an advanced roast we would be very humbled.



What the moneys for:


As we’ve said the bills keep coming despite the restrictions. Utilities, rent, building upkeep, stock replacement, staff costs that aren’t covered by furlough. Very boring things to spend money on really, but unfortunately its these things that keep the pub going and need to keep being paid without the ability to make the money to pay them.


Thank you everyone and here’s to a better 2021.

See you for a proper pint in the summer!


Holly, Ali and Stan


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£2,000 or more

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10 day stay at Turtle View Villa in Antigua

Located on a beautiful private peninsula, Turtle View is a contemporary 2 bed villa with a large private infinity pool. There is a spacious lounge with 180 degree waterfront views. The open plan kitchen and living room opens up to a large balcony ideal for sunbathing and allows for the ever present easterly trade winds to cool the property. This villa is for those who enjoy peace and tranquillity. Find out more -

£3 or more

£3 - Our heartfelt thanks

A whole heap of gratitude that you would donate to save the pub.

£4 or more

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£4 A Famous LHA scotch egg

Buy one of our famous LHA scotch eggs.

£6 or more

£6- Get a pint of gamma paid up in advance

It's our best seller, get one in and collect it later.

£10 or more

£10 - Your name on our I saved the LHA board

We will have a beautifully hand drawn noticeboard with all the names of those that dontated.

£16 or more

£16 - Buy a roast and pud in advance

Get that roast bought to enjoy later in the year.

£20 or more

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£20 I saved the LHA beer coaster

One of our specially printed beer mats and your name on our I saved the LHA notice board.

£25 or more

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Minerva x The LHA T-Shirt

Plymouth’s coolest shop @minerva_plymouth have designed us a special one off ‘Support Your Local’ T-shirt. Pic of the T on our Instagram or Facebook

£30 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Holiday Club spaces for children aged 5-11yrs

Currently we at Flint and Steel Forest School are hibernating like any good hedgehog would be, but we plan to come back with a bang! It is a full day of adventure in the woods and this means a whole day to yourself! It is the perfect setting for children to be children, to enjoy being out in the woods, to connect with nature, make friends and most importantly, make memories! They will learn to cook food over a fire, hunt for bugs and build dens

£50 or more

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£50 - LHA printed beer glass

The LHA printed conical beer glass and your name on our I saved the LHA board.

£80 or more

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£80 - 4 fitness sessions by Ace fitness and swimmi

Outdoor fitness session A fitness session designed to support all abilities and fitness backgrounds. The boot camp/group exercise style workout is designed to build strength and fitness through a variety of exercises built on Strength and Conditioning principles. Visit our website for more details

£150 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Bespoke ambient/minimalist/chillwave composition

I will compose a bespoke piece of ambient/chillwave/minimal electronic music as this backing perk. Once you have backed we can talk briefly about possible references or inclusions. The aim of this music is to instils a sense of calm, in the middle of this weird time.

£150 or more

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Portrait by Dom Moore

Need a headshot, pet and family portrait, or a romantic couple shot? print is included too! Dom is your guy. To see his work go to

£500 or more

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Private garden party

Get your mates together and hire the garden for private use for one night Monday-Wednesday following all covid rules or hold off until later in the year and go nuts.

£1,000 or more

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£1000 - The whole pub is yours for the night.

The whole pub will be yours for whatever use you see fit any day of the week. Maybe a birthday or wedding or maybe its just a Friday and you wanted to get your mates together. We can offer food and drink as well at an additional cost.

£8 or more

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The Palm Tree Yoga session with Sophie

Sophie from The Palm Tree Yoga would like to donate 4 vouchers for a free yoga class each either at a public venue in Plymouth or online in the meantime. ‘Much more than merely a physical practice (asana) yoga gives us the chance to really connect with our bodies, and to slow down while gaining strength’ - Sophie To see more please go to -

£8 or more

10 of 10 claimed

100g bags of special Admirals Own blend tea

100g bag of special Admirals Own blend, plus a metal tea strainer for each order, plastic-free packaging. Admiral's Own is a unique blend of Darjeeling, Assam and Japanese Kakagawa specially formulated to evoke late summer evenings spent in the LHA garden with friends. The flavour profile balances sweet vanilla hay and mellow autumn leaves, with a savoury mineral finish bringing a hint of that sea breeze.

£10 or more

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£10 ticket for ‘When it’s ok’ Garden party

A special live performance from local musician Alex hart. Closing with a DJ set from Dugg-uan.

£10 or more

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Theatre Royal Plymouth Gift Voucher

Get a £10 TRP Gift Voucher that can be used for any future production at our venue. We have a great selection of upcoming shows for you to choose from whether you’re into dance, drama, musicals, comedy, or something a little bit different! Valid for three years. T&Cs apply.

£15 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£15 - Joy and co ltd A3 Print

A beautiful, hand drawn A3 print from the local, small, family business Joy and Co Ltd.

£19 or more

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A pair of tickets to Plymouth Arts Cinema

Plymouth Arts Cinema is offering two pairs of tickets to our independent cinema, based inside Plymouth College of Art. We screen the best in new independent cinema from all around the world, and a few classics too, along with festivals, events, and special guests from the film industry.

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£20 Zephyr Burger Voucher

Get some really top burgers from the guys at Zephyr AND help the LHA! T's and C's apply

£20 or more

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£20 Sarah Smalldon LHA print

A beautiful A4 print of Sarah Smalldons beautiful drawing of the LHA.

£20 or more

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£20 Vessel beer tasting at the LHA

Katie and Sam will be taking you through the world of craft beer with a special tasting event at The LHA. Dates to be announced when restrictions allow.

£20 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£20 Nook Houseplants voucher

A £20 voucher to spend with the lovely nook houseplants.

£20 or more

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St Stephensons Bakery Voucher

Stacey and Sam from St. Stephensons bakery in Plympton have given us some vouchers for you to go and spend on some delicious baked goods! About the bakery - Here’s our second-generation bakery, based on ‘Ridgeway’ in the heart of Plympton, Plymouth. Established in 2006 by our parents, we later took ownership in 2017. Whilst we have started to put our stamp on things, we strive to keep family values at the co

£20 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Devon Cheese Bar Voucher

who doesn’t love a cheese toastie?! - we have decided to champion great british cheese and craft beer in plymouth. We source the very best local and national cheeses and beers from britian’s best dairies and breweries from across our isle.

£20 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Heyl Bakery bread subscription

"Heyl Bakery are offering a 6 week bread subscription worth £24. Each week, you can pick up a freshly-baked signature sourdough Heyl Loaf made with Devon grown grains from Ocean Studios on Fridays 11am - 1pm.

£25 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£25 Porsham cakes A4 chocolate brownie

An A4 box of Taste of the West - Gold - award winning chocolate brownies.

£25 or more

10 of 10 claimed

‘Rise of the burble-Snouts’ Bullerproof T

Where did the name come from? Rise of the Burble-snouts was the name we gave to our Dourmunder style lager that was incredibly popular over the summer. But its also the name we have given to the little monster that cause chaos all over our cans, Burble-snout are magical monsters that help us with that making of all our beers! Minerva x bulletproof T-shirt probs the coolest ever T there is!

£25 or more

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Tilt voucher

Tilt are offering four £25 vouchers to be used for takeaway or click and collect We have recently moved from Plymouth Market to Ebrington Street and as well as our classic sliders are now offering a great selection of street food small plates. With plenty to choose from why not reward yourself with a great meal for helping save The LHA. We are open Tuesday-Sunday 5pm-9pm"

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Zara Beauty facial

Essential elements facial for 1 hour. Starts with a double cleanse, exfoliation, facial massage, mask, scalp massage, and finish with a moisturiser

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Physio session, 1 to 1 yoga or tissue massage

Choose from a 1 hour Physiotherapy consultation and treatment OR 1 hour 1-1 yoga session OR 1 hour deep tissue massage from @LauraYogaPhysio. Physiotherapy is available face-to-face or online during current lockdown restrictions. 1 to 1 yoga can be delivered currently online. Massage can be booked when current restrictions ease.

£50 or more

6 of 6 claimed

£50 Zephyr Burger Voucher

Get some really top burgers from the guys at Zephyr AND help the LHA! T's and C's apply

£50 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£50 The Fig Tree @ 36 voucher

The amazing Fig Tree @ 36 offer £50 vouchers for the finest independent food in Stonehouse. T’s and C’s apply

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

The Mindful Hive plastic free hamper

A hamper worth £50 to help you make sustainable swaps this new year. All of the items are from our online store and are completely vegan, ethical and mostly handmade from local businesses. - Handmade Herb Soap - Beauty Kubes Shampoo and Conditioner - Organic Cotton Crochet Rounds - The Mindful Hive Tea Towel - Compostable Soap - Plastic free Dish Brush with replaceable head! - Natural Loofah

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£75 - A trip to see the bees with Pollenize

A single trip for 2X people to come and see the beehives with Pollenize, all PPE provided / organised by Pollenize.

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A bespoke SUP session for 2 people

A bespoke SUP session for 2 people. An exclusive session taylor made for the lucky winners. Full introduction to paddleboarding with all equipment provided plus a stunning coastal journey in Plymouth Sound. SWSUP are a dedicated paddleboarding school based in Royal William Yard offering SUP lessons, journeys and retreats. We also retail for Red Paddle Co and do an amazing organic coffee!

£80 or more

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The Hedgerow Hound Lockdown Hamper!

Our little vegan family business will be offering up a loaded hamper of our award winning, hand crafted goodies ???? From Smoky Bakin’ to Bodacious Brownies, we’ve got you covered! The hamper will consist of goodies such as - - Stuffed Seitan Lög Roast - 200g Smokey Bakin Seitan - 4 x Award Winning Pies - 4 x Award Winning Beet Bhajis & Tamarind Citrus Sauce - Award Winning High Tor Pâté - Award Winning Hwasong - 6 Vegan Brownies

£110 or more

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Wood workshop induction with Albion Workshop

The Albion Workshop is a public access wood workshop, providing bench space and access to high quality wood working machinery. Inductions consist of a 5-6 hour course demonstrating the safe use use of all of the machines in the workshop. Completion of an induction gives you two years membership, early access to our evening and weekend courses, plus a free Albion Workshop branded T-Shirt and Apron.

£150 or more

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Roam Brewery tour with Roambake lunch

Join us at Roam on one of our brew days where you'll learn all about the brewing process and get stuck in with our Head Brewer. Lunch will be provided by our in house bakery, and once the beer is ready, you'll receive a case of the beer you helped make!

£160 or more

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£160 The Full Works at Yoke

‘The full works’ with Creative director Jo... this entitles you to a in-depth colour consultation, colour and cut&style appointment along with a Kerastase Treatment ritual

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£250 - Have a beer named after you

Roam Brewery have kindly offered to supply one of our lines for the year with a specially brewed beer and they've let us name it after you!

£250 or more

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£250 Plymouth HQ - The Devonport Jacket

An amazing handmade jacket donation from New Plymouth. Check www.New for details.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A weekend stay with breakfast at The Bull Inn

The Times and Sunday Times Eco Hotel of the Year 2020 - The Bull Inn, Totnes has donated a 2 night stay with breakfast included

£325 or more

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4 Night - Winter Weekend for 2, Ardeche, S.France

This reward is for a 4 night stay in a woodland cabin on the heart of the Ardeche, among nature with a rocks of Jurassic proportions, and natural stream. This winterbreak is self catering and you will be firing up the wood burner, and immerse yourself among trees. To see more go to @margotsretreat on insta. T’s&C’s apply

£400 or more

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£400 - Cremyll Cottage Plymouth mini break

An amazing 2 night stay at the wonderful Cremyll Cottage Airbnb (sleeps 4) With dinner and a bottle of wine at the LHA one evening. T’s and C’s apply.

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