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Posted on October 17, 2014 by Selby There have been 0 comments

Pub manager, Sophie Clifton-Forbes and assistant manager, Tania Hazard pictured outside the Test Match in West Bridgford.

THE daughter of a Nottinghamshire cricketing legend is embarking on a two-week test to bring a West Bridgford pub back to its glory days.

Sophie Clifton-Forbes has been managing the Test Match on Gordon Square with partner Tania Hazard for 18 months.

But now the pair have got the go-ahead from Greene King for a £140,000 revamp of the grade II listed building.

“It is quite bizarre that I have ended up back where I was born and where all my family came from to run this pub,” the 37-year-old said. “I used to drink in here as a teenager!

“But it is great to be back to my roots and surrounded by all the history of my family.”

Her father, Carlton Forbes, was born in Jamaica but moved to England and began his first-class cricket career with Notts in 1959. He died in 2009, but his memory will live in on in his local.

“It has brought the memories back being here,” said Sophie. “Now we want to be able to bring the pub back to make it vibrant and new, whilst keeping that strong history.”

The first thing to make a return will be the original wooden sprung dance floor from 1938 that the pair found had been under carpet for years. Tania said: “We want to bring it to life. We have lots of live music already and some people dance, but it will definitely encourage them more if there is a great space like this.”

Next on the list is re-establishing the speakeasy-style cocktail bar upstairs, which the partners want to be filled with craft beer and mojitos as a secret getaway for visitors.

The showstopper will be the tea room they are creating, with pretty set tables, real china and freshly made cakes.

But there will also be a slice of Sophie’s father’s past in all the new finery. Tania said: “We both wanted to make sure he was remembered, so we have created a games room named the Carlton Room. It will be full of cricket memorabilia, but have modern games too, from darts through to giant jenga.

“We want the place to shed its old-man’s pub reputation and become a place for everyone – from students through to tea dancers.”

The pub will reopen on Tuesday, October 28.

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