Lucky com­bi­na­tion of fea­tures makes this a Star pub

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PUB OF THE YEAR -

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.”

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