Lor­can Lovett talks to another of the pubs nom­i­nated for our 2015 Pub of the Year contest

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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

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