Jams at Coalgate
by Mike Isle
Steve and Ann Joy purchased Coalgate Tavern six months ago and have made several upgrades to the premises, including creating a place to enjoy live musical jam sessions.
“We had a great turnout again for our Jam session. People enjoy the relaxed evening. Before our move here, I was an engineer, and prior to that, we had the Kirwee Tavern from 2013 to 2016. We are called the Coalgate Bistro Black Diamond Grill and have created a real family environment,” says Steve.
“We came up with the idea to create the Jam sessions with local musician Bruce Leeming doing his Vinegar Jam events. There are a number of bands that come along and we get a great crowd enjoying the shows.
“The menu has changed, is reasonably priced and very successful. It is a great place to come for the roast of the day Thursday to Sunday from 5pm.
It is a good family dinner. We have added a free pool table and a jukebox for our patrons to enjoy.
“We are double glazing the windows, adding bi-fold doors out to the beer garden and painting the outside of the property in the next few weeks to give it a fresh look.
“The community have made us feel very welcome.
“They get on with us, and we get on with them — that is the way it should be. We are looking forward to the future and enjoying the successes together.”