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Crofton’s Brass Bell Pub has new owner

Scott-Screaton takes over from long-time owner Mahal
Rachael Scott-Screaton is the new owner of the Brass Bell Pub in Crofton. (Photo by Robert Barron/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

The Brass Bell Pub in Crofton has a new owner.

Rachael Scott-Screaton, who had been the popular pub’s manager for the previous four years, bought the business from Jill Mahal, who had owned it for 17 years before deciding it was time to retire.

Scott-Screaton said she never planned to take over the pub, but when the opportunity presented itself, she grabbed it by the horns.

She said it’s the first time she has owned a business, and jumping in right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic was no easy task.

“It’s definitely an exciting period in my life, but the timing could have been better,” Scott-Screaton said.

“But with the restrictions lifted a little, we can have 12 tables indoors that are six feet apart, and we also have our big deck open and we’ve expanded our courtyard seating during the pandemic. It’s been a trying time, but we’re getting through it with a lot of support from our customers.”

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Scott-Screaton said the Brass Bell Pub has a new menu that has all the old favourites and some new favourites as well.

She said she has kept all the old staff and is hiring new ones as needed.

“It’s a great pub with a great staff and very supportive customers,” she said.

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