We have approached our landlords, Enterprise Inns to ask for some help and assistance, despite us increasing their beer sales by 160% throughout a recession, but have met with a brick wall. To quote the Area Manager, Rob Lowe, “We don’t have to help you!” - A very great shame considering how we have helped Enterprise to profit from our hard work and your loyalty, without any assistance, promised or otherwise.
They had promised us that when we took over the pub, they would renew the well worn thatched roof and do other works but these obviously never happened and unfortunately, due to the impending threat of the traveller/gypsy site at Uddens Woods, we chose not to invest any further in the development of the pub and gardens, as this would have been money down the drain if the site went ahead. This truly hurt us as we took on the pub four months before this threat came to light.
Over the past two years, we have made some very good friends and have really enjoyed sharing the good times, and some bad times, with you. Your support and friendship have played a huge part in our journey and we value each and every one of you. Following Marks horrific car crash earlier this year, your caring and kindness was truly humbling and we cannot thank you enough.
Going forward, a new tenant has been found by Enterprise whom we know. We hope you will show the same support towards them as you so kindly did towards us. We will do our utmost to ensure that the transition is a smooth one, with very little disruption to the running and level of service that you have come to expect of the Old Thatch.
Throughout all of these times, our staff have shone through like the true stars that they really are and we cannot begin to thank them enough for everything they have done and continue to do - they are the heart of the pub and without them, there would be no Old Thatch – they will be sorely missed by us!.
We hope you will remember us with a smile and that you will continue to show your support for the Old Thatch – it’s a very special pub, filled with some very special and much loved people and we are truly honoured to have met you! We hope to return one day soon.
“Time Ladies & Gentleman please!!”
Mark, Helen, Rob and of course, Milo!!