Hi, I'm Greg and I founded the Draycott Tap House Ltd. The tap house is a retirement project of mine that started in a garden shed and quickly moved to the current location in Dale Abbey at The Old Farm Shop on Ladywood Lodge Farm. Nice peaceful location with a windmill in the background. Who could ask for anything more!
The Draycott Tap House was opened on 1st March 2017. Its unique location in the heart of the village of Draycott in an old Victorian shop is perfect for the real-ale drinker. Now in its 5th year of operation, The Draycott Tap House serves up to 6 real ales, 10 ciders, 75 whiskies, 10 gins, and a vast variety of wines. Oh, and there is the smoked cheese as well. Where else can you find that sort of selection with a great vibe? Only at The Draycott Tap House.
However, right now I am tapped out (excuse the pun). Due to the pandemic, after financially keeping things going through the last year and a half, I spent the last of my money (about £1,000) on the recent redecoration of the pub for it to be open only 1.5 weeks.
After a building inspector discovered a 7-foot-deep cellar (Old Victorian buildings are full of surprises) under the Tap House no one knew about, I have had to remove the flooring for them to be able to inspect the joists and possibly have new joists and floors laid.
In a positive turn of events, my landlord is fixing the new floor, however, it still leaves me with replacing the stud walls, which I put in. It will cost around £2,000 to put the stud walls back (which the insurance doesn't cover) when the floor has been completed and to be right to the point, I don't have £2k.
So, following the positive reaction from the local and international community, I've started a crowdfunding page to raise these necessary funds and hopefully return your kindness in the form of some great rewards.
Below I've hopefully answered some general questions that may be passing through your mind, however, if you have any further questions, please contact me and we'll be happy to answer them.
I need to raise an absolute minimum of £2k to help pay for a restoration of the stud wall in the Tap House. Any extra funds raised can help improve the customer experience and even make one of my retirement dreams come true (read more below).
I love having a local community and hopefully, through crowdfunding, I'll be able to bring back a locally loved tap house to the great community of Draycott in Derbyshire.
Probably not. I have to minimise risks to make it achievable, so if you can support the Tap House in any way, it will be greatly appreciated.
Of course! A lot of the rewards have no time limit so you can get them as a voucher for a birthday, Christmas, an anniversary, or just a general gift.
I've tried to make loads of rewards available to everyone, so hopefully, you can find one that is best suited for you.
If you can't support the campaign there are other ways to get involved. By sharing this campaign with your friends, lending a helping hand (if you are local), or even sending a warm message of good luck, we appreciate all the support you can give.
Thanks so much for your support and don't forget to check out the rewards.
- See you soon, Greg.