ANOTHER BEST PUB CONTENDER
Lorcan Lovett talks to another of the pubs nominated for our 2015 Pub of the Year contest
THE new landlord of a pub has plenty of plans to keep the place buzzing with customers. Lee Foster, 50, took on The Waggon and Horses in Copthall Lane, Chalfont St Peter, along with his wife Lyn in December.
Mr Foster will keep booking bands for the venue’s popular Friday night performances and for the other days of the week he proposes darts tournaments and quizzes.
He said: “We have a lot of plans for the place and we’re just getting them all together.
“I do feel excited about taking on this pub because this is going to be my retirement plan, I have to make it work for myself and everyone around me.”
The pub which has two darts teams will continue its tradition of embracing the sport by launching a knock-out competition this year and holding games everyday.
“They love their darts around here,” Mr Foster said. “It is a strong local pub. All the people who drink in here are really nice, it is one of the easiest pubs I have had to run.”
Mr Foster has run pubs ‘all over the country’ and says the Waggon and Horses is one of the friendliest yet.
The landlord from Hayes in Middlesex is familiar the area as his brother has been a resident at the Epilepsy Society care home in Chalfont St Peter for more than 20 years.
“I like it around here,” he said. “And if you come to the pub you can expect a friendly atmosphere. It’s a lively environment.”
Mr Foster will begin quiz nights in February and already holds meat raffles on Sundays. He is also keen to refurbish the outside of the pub when the weather allows.
Landlord Lee Foster says he’s excited by the challenge of running the friendly pub in Chalfont St Peter