Sunday, 17 December 2017

Landlord celebrates 10 years at pub

A PUB landlord in Wargrave has celebrated 10 years in business.

A PUB landlord in Wargrave has celebrated 10 years in business.

Phil Linstead, 30, was probably one of the country’s youngest publicans when he took over the Greyhound in High Street with his father Steve in 2003.

He says the key to his success has been keeping the pub traditional.

Mr Linstead, who lives at the premises with his wife Georgina, previously managed the White Hart pub, also in High Street.

He said: “I have lived in the village all my life and I was coming to this pub from when I was in a pram.

“I found that it was up for sale and decided to take it on.

“Since I have been here I have seen at least 10 landlords at other pubs in the town come and go.

“We are very traditional here and I do not think you really get that anymore. These big companies tend to knock pubs all through because it is the ‘in thing’ but the Greyhound is full of character.

“There are two bars and it is quite funny to watch people get confused sometimes but that is part of the charm.”

Mr Linstead said he relied on locals rather than passing trade.

“At the moment things are quite hard, especially during the day as there are not many people around,” he said.

“I do not do food except Sunday roasts — this is more of a drinkers’ pub. That is really good for us as it is probably the only reason that we are able to keep going.

“I would be very glad to run the pub for another 10 years. We have had some good times here and I really enjoy meeting people.”

A PUB landlord in Wargrave has celebrated 10 years in business.

Phil Linstead, 30, was probably one of the country’s youngest publicans when he took over the Greyhound in High Street with his father Steve in 2003.

He says the key to his success has been keeping the pub traditional.

Mr Linstead, who lives at the premises with his wife Georgina, previously managed the White Hart pub, also in High Street.

He said: “I have lived in the village all my life and I was coming to this pub from when I was in a pram. I found that it was up for sale and decided to take it on. Since I have been here I have seen at least 10 landlords at other pubs in the town come and go.

“We are very traditional here and I do not think you really get that anymore.

“These big companies tend to knock pubs all through because it is the ‘in thing’ but the Greyhound is full of character.

There are two bars and it is quite funny to watch people get confused sometimes but that is part of the charm.”

Mr Linstead said he relied on locals rather than passing trade. “At the moment things are quite hard, especially during the day as there are not many people around,” he said.

“I do not do food except Sunday roasts — this is more of a drinkers’ pub. That is really good for us as it is probably the only reason that we are able to keep going.

“I would be very glad to run the pub for another 10 years. We have had some good times here and I really enjoy meeting people.”

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