A small family run business, the pub is like an extension of our home, leather sofas, standard lamp, a rug or two and plenty of interesting pieces of art work; even a picture of my late parents takes pride of place on the mantel piece. We employ local people and two members of staff have been with me since I've been open and I've watched them marry and have children – it’s just like an extended family. My son went to the local school and now his classmates, and their parents are some of our regulars, and they keep me up to date with what local people want from their pub.
Mike and I serve the carvery on a Sunday and many people comment on how warm, welcoming and cosy the pub is which gives us both a lot of pleasure but the most pleasure we get is when people tell us how 'lovely' and 'good at their job' the staff are. We stand side by side glowing like two proud parents.
Many of our customers are from overseas and are attracted to the pub because of its age and thatched roof. Their idea of a British pub is what they see on TV in their home countries. The Vic in Eastenders, Woolpack in Emmerdale Farm and the Rovers Return in Coronation Street, small, traditional, friendly pubs. The Old Thatch is exactly that and to make sure they get a true British experience, we serve a very British menu all home-made and cooked on the premises. Fish, Chips and mushy peas, home-made pie of the day, Faggots and Mash to name but a few, with good old British puddings like apple pie, rice pudding and banana split.
To top it all we have a picture of the Queen behind the bar and Prince William and Kate! -'Royal Britannia'!
A murky tale of murder, on Christmas Day 1795, adds yet more to the rich tapestry of this historic pub. The spirit of victim Joseph Pinfield continues to haunt the place to this day…