Saturday, 21 October 2017

Village pub back in action under new management

THE Greyhound in Whitchurch has reopened under new management after a five-month closure.

THE Greyhound in Whitchurch has reopened under new management after a five-month closure.

Business partners David Langford and Ray Cameron, of Thatcham, took over the High Street pub earlier this month and served their first customers last Friday night.

Only drinks and snacks are available at the moment but next month the pair will be welcoming a chef Andy Prior and launching a full food menu. They are trading on a three-month trial basis but say they are confident of making it a success. Mr Langford is currently landlord of the King’s Head in Thatcham and Mr Cameron, a former publican who used to run The Waterfront bar at Caversham Lakes, is one of his regulars.

The pair, who are in their 60s, both wanted to run a traditional village pub so decided to team up after seeing an advert for the lease on the Punch Taverns premises.

Mr Langford said: “We wanted a lifestyle option and Whitchurch is a lovely village to trade in. A few locals popped in to say hello before we opened, which is positive. We’ve already had a couple of cards wishing us well and saying how thankful everyone is to see the Greyhound back in action.”



THE Greyhound in Whitchurch has reopened under new management after a five-month closure.

Business partners David Langford and Ray Cameron, of Thatcham, took over the High Street pub earlier this month and served their first customers last Friday night.

Only drinks and snacks are available at the moment but next month the pair will be welcoming a chef Andy Prior and launching a full food menu. They are trading on a three-month trial basis but say they are confident of making it a success. Mr Langford is currently landlord of the King’s Head in Thatcham and Mr Cameron, a former publican who used to run The Waterfront bar at Caversham Lakes, is one of his regulars.

The pair, who are in their 60s, both wanted to run a traditional village pub so decided to team up after seeing an advert for the lease on the Punch Taverns premises.

Mr Langford said: “We wanted a lifestyle option and Whitchurch is a lovely village to trade in. A few locals popped in to say hello before we opened, which is positive. We’ve already had a couple of cards wishing us well and saying how thankful everyone is to see the Greyhound back in action.”



The previous landlord Nick Baker took over last autumn but shut without notice six months later, claiming the pub was unprofitable. His predecessor Ruan Keegan only stayed for about a year although Bob and Carole North had been at the helm for many years before retiring in 2014.

Meanwhile, two new landlords have taken over the Perch and Pike in South Stoke. Simon Duffy and his partner Sofie Hjelte, who previously ran the Rising Sun in Witheridge Hill, another Brakspear property, moved into the premises last Tuesday.

The couple wanted a new challenge and a bigger home as they have a newborn daughter, Phoebe. Mr Duffy said: “It is a beautiful pub and the village has been so welcoming.”



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