Lucky combination of features makes this a Star pub
AFOCUS on family and the community is what puts The Three Horseshoes on the map. Helen Thomson, office manager, at the pub in Orchard Lane, Seer Green, has been part of the team running the pub for four years.
It all started when the company, now known as Star Pubs, approached them knowing they already had a reputation for good food, and running restaurants.
“Star Pubs, as they are known now, approached us as we have restaurants in Bushey, and a restaurant bar in Wembley,” she said.
Hearing the pub needed some TLC Helen said they decided to take it on.
“The pub in Seer Green was a bit run down, and they asked us what we thought of running a restaurant pub. It just needed a bit of work.”
Now the pub is known for its local focus, with nominations all citing its community involvement as one of its main attractions.
“It is very much a local pub,” said Helen. “We have on site; two darts teams, a football team and a golf team.”
She added: “The locals come in for dinner. I’d say a third of business is the restaurant the other two thirds is drinks.
“We tend to have a guest beer, from a local brewery.”
People appreciate the local feel of the pub.
Helen added: “The focus is on the community. Put it this way, when it snows we are full when everywhere else is closed, it’s that kind of place.”
With the foodie background of the owners, Helen says another draw is the dining experience.
“We describe the food as European, but it is very much based on what local people like.
“Wednesday lunch is golden oldies lunch, then we have specials and things like steak, burger, fish and bar snacks.
“The Sunday Roast is very popular.”
The pub is also involved in fundraising, charity events and the nearby church’s coffee mornings.
“We run coffee mornings for members of the church, and have given prizes to raffles,” Helen said. “Like Jordans Village Store or schools.
“We supplied all the wine for the Jordans Village Store event for example, and we go along to the fetes.”
She added: “We are more family orientated. We have a nice garden at the back and we did that so families could enjoy the pub too.
“We run events like the Halloween and Christmas parties for children and we allow dogs, but not in the restaurant area.”
While people know most of what is going on at the pub, they may not know it runs music nights.
Helen said: “There are music evenings, which people don’t know we do as much. But we get in a band or singer every month and have live music.
“It’s great seeing people have a nice evening.”