‘Pubs have to work hard to get people to come in’
Laura Mowat talks to another of the pubs nominated for our 2015 Pub of the Year contest
ONE landlord thinks that the key to a successful pub is to offer a variety of different activities. Steve Broadgate has been the landlord of The Plough in Hyde Heath for two and a half years.
Mr Gates said: “Pubs have to do something else now to get people to come. For us, it is a combination of looking after the locals and having events that people from outside the village will travel for.”
The pub hosts curry nights every Wednesday and fish and chip nights on a Thursday, It plays rugby and football matches on the television at the weekends, which is particularly popular among the people who live in Hyde Heath itself.
The landlord added: “One of our most popular days is the annual Hyde Heath fete when we do a barbecue and have a music group. We also had a very good Christmas and New Year’s Eve this year, which were popular.
“There is a brilliant support here from our locals, people use the pub as a place to meet and enjoy themselves. The thing I like most about my job working here is meeting the people who come in.”
The landlord feels that the pub’s success is down to the fact that it is a traditional pub that services traditional pub grub.
He said: “People are fed up of these chain pubs that serve microwave food. When people come to this pub, they can see me making food from scratch, not every portion looks exactly the same. Everything here is home made. At the moment, the fresh fish, home made curries and pies are popular.”
The Plough has its own darts team and the Hyde Heath Cricket Club use it as its base in the Summer when they have matches. There is also bingo night and live music.