Friday, 20 October 2017

Pub pair on the move

THE tenants of the Maltsters Arms in Rotherfield Greys have left the pub.

THE tenants of the Maltsters Arms in Rotherfield Greys have left the pub.

Peter and Helen Bland, who have run the Brakspear pub for 17 years, plan to go travelling and then buy a hotel in Torbay, Devon.

Mr Bland said: ?We?ve been there a long time and to be honest we?re just tired. It has been a successful 17 years and now we?re taking some time off for six months to travel.

?We have never had the opportunity to do that because of the work lifestyle that comes with running a pub. We?re looking forward to seeing the world.?

The Blands, both 47, met while training at Reading College. He was studying hotel management and she was training as a chef. Their first jobs were at Phyllis Court Club in Henley.

On their final day on Sunday more than 150 people came for lunch at the pub. Mr Bland said: ?It was amazing and broke all records for the number of people we?ve had in a day. We advertised it as the last supper and all our regulars and friends came.?

The Blands are staying at a house in Makins Road, Henley, until they go travelling at the end of the month. Their chocolate labrador Coco will be staying with family while the couple are away. Regulars and friends have organised a party for them on September 27.

The new tenants are George Thomas and Calum Miller.

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