‘You have a little dream and sometimes it works’
Lorcan Lovett talks to another of the pubs nominated for our 2015 Pub of the Year contest
ACOUPLE who saved a pub odmisirnegpanierwar e punters, children and even dogs to enjoy the new look. The inside of The Black Cat in Lye Green, near Chesham, was a mess when Louis and Elaine Smith purchased it eight years ago, and the garden was so neglected they found a table and chairs hidden by the long grass.
Now the publicans welcome customers new and old to try the food and drink at the renovated free house which boasts a garden of over 300 fee with a woodland walk for children.
Mrs Smith said: “The pub was completely run down when we arrived, it was semi-shut.
“Hopefully we have completely turned it all around. It means more personally when you know what it wa before to what it is now. You have a little dream and sometimes it works.”
The pub made its first entry into Good Beer Guide in 2010 and punters enjoy Macmillan coffee mornings, quiz and band nights, and, as the name suggests, big Halloween parties.
“It is like a community pub rather than anything else,” said Mrs Smith. “If people come up with an idea which we can help with, then we do help.
“And the customers here make the place welcoming. We have nice regulars who will talk to anybody.”
Expect to see a cat called Rambo stalking the pub and garden as well as Lakeland terrier Grip sitting in a corner. However dogs are not allowed in the bar at meal times.
The bar has an array of awardwinning ales and all of the food is cooked by landlord Mr Smith. Mrs Smith is researching the history of the pub which can be traced back to 1828. Since then it has been the venue for church meetings, village shops and a hairdressers in the back shed.