Where all is ale and hearty and tra­di­tion runs on tap...

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PUB OF THE YEAR -

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EWID range of real ales is the key to a pub’s on­go­ing suc­cess ac­cord­ing to its land­lord. Kevin Brooker, of the White Horse in Hedger­ley, has owned the pub for 23 years, and be­lieves that his pub has man­aged to re­main suc­cess­ful thanks to a loyal cus­tomer base who reg­u­larly re­turn to see the ever-chang­ing se­lec­tion of ales on of­fer.

Mr Brooker said: “I think that the real ales that we have are a real sell­ing point.

“There are not many pubs that of­fer the range that we have and we reg­u­larly change them so usu­ally when peo­ple come back to the pub there are new ales to try.”

The pub also runs a se­ries of beer fes­ti­vals dur­ing the course of the year, which at­tract large crowds.

The big­gest one takes place dur­ing the sec­ond May Bank Hol­i­day week­end at which about 100 beers are on of­fer.

Mr Brooker said: “That fes­ti­val in par­tic­u­lar has be­come re­ally popular, and we get re­ally big crowds for it.

“If the weather is good over that week­end then it’s re­ally popular, and peo­ple come along to try the dif­fer­ent ales and ciders that we have.”

He also at­tributes the pub’s suc­cess to its tra­di­tion.

He said: “It’s quite an old-fash­ioned pub, we don’t have loud mu­sic play­ing – it’s just some­where that there is a re­ally good at­mos­phere where peo­ple can come along and have a drink and a chat. I think that’s some­thing that lots of peo­ple are look­ing for.”

He also hopes that fol­low­ing the re­ces­sion, pubs across the UK will begin to see an up­turn in trade and that more peo­ple will start us­ing their lo­cals.

Mr Brooker said: “Last year I would say was quite tough, but I think that things will get bet­ter grad­u­ally.

“It’s not been an easy time to run a pub but I think that we’re mov­ing past that stage now and things will keep pick­ing up.”

Kevin Brooker, land­lord of The White Horse in Hedger­ley

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