‘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

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PUB OF THE YEAR -

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.

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