‘We’re after the ic­ing on the cake...’

Camilla Good­man talks to the land­lady of another of the pubs nom­i­nated in our great Pub of the Year com­pe­ti­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PUB OF THE YEAR -

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NHISTORIC pub which has been wet­ting peo­ple’s whis­tle since the 19th cen­tury is still go­ing strong thanks to its cur­rent crop of cus­tomers. The Game­keeper’s Lodge has been in Belling­don Road, Che­sham, since 1859 and had a li­cence since 1889.

Pat Miller has worked at the pub for 15 and a half years and, in Septem­ber 2013, her dream came true when she and her hus­band, Steve, be­came the pub’s ten­ants.

Mrs Miller said: “The last year has been great; it’s been lovely be­ing our own bosses but it’s been even bet­ter be­ing able to do things when we want, such as en­ter­tain­ment. It’s been lovely and my lo­cals have been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be here. It’s the cus­tomers that make the pub and cre­ate the at­mos­phere.”

The Millers have over­seen a few changes to the pub in the last year, in­clud­ing some in May which was paid for by Punch Tav­erns, which owns the pub.

Work in­cluded im­prove­ments to the kitchen, the restau­rant, the toi­lets and the ex­te­rior.

Mrs Miller added: “It’s im­proved the pub im­mensely and I’d like to think it’s more wel­com­ing now. Punch also in­vested in the pub which is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.”

In Oc­to­ber, fol­low­ing the clo­sure of Viet­namese restau­rant Feu Mac which was at­tached to the pub, the Millers opened their own restau­rant sim­ply called The Restau­rant.

The Restau­rant serves tra­di­tional English food and is open for lunch Tues­day to Satur­day 12pm to 2.30pm, evening meals Mon­day to Satur­day 6pm to 10pm and Sun­days for roast din­ners and its main menu 12pm to 8pm.

Mrs Miller said: “It’s been a great suc­cess and I’d urge peo­ple to come along and try our rea­son­ably priced food.”

The pub also hosts an open mic night ev­ery Sun­day as well as reg­u­lar live mu­sic on Fri­day and Satur­day evenings.

Mrs Miller is urg­ing peo­ple to vote for The Game­keeper’s Lodge.

She added: “It’d be ab­so­lutely won­der­ful to win. We got the Sil­ver award in Che­sham in Bloom and won the Che­sham Car­ni­val shield this year so this would be the ic­ing on the cake.”

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