Friends at the White Hart for the long haul
PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 October 2011 | UPDATED: 08:38 24 October 2011
TWO friends have taken over the White Hart pub in Wrington Road, Congresbury with the aim of wiping away its old reputation and converting it back to a traditional county pub for the community.
Adam Williams, aged 27, of Yatton and his workmate Phil Sullivan, aged 33, of Congresbury, dreamed of opening their own pub or restaurant after working together at the Mendip Spring golf club, Congresbury. Between them the duo have 30 years of experience between them and, after what they described as an ‘interesting’ process and months of searching for the right place, they have now signed the lease and have been handed the keys to their new careers.
Adam said: “This place has not been brilliant over the last few years and I think that makes people are a little wary.
“We want the community to see the pub has a good atmosphere, but that’s going to take some time. It has changed hands again, but we are here for the long haul.”
Phil worked as a chef at the gold club while Adam was at the front of house and the two men are going to use these roles to transform the White Hart back to its former glory. Phil also plans to encorporate his cooking, based on old british favourites with a modern twist, into the pub where the ingredients will be sourced from local suppliers.
The dynamic duo have only been friends for the last two years but believe this is a better way to go into business.
Adam said: “It’s long enough to know what we want and know that we are singing off the same hymn sheet. Phil’s wife Cathy will also be part of our team that will turn the pub around.”
He said it has been their ambition to take on their own place and they have been taking note of the suggestions and comments given to them by customers.
He said: “It’s going to take time to turn this place back into a country pub but with the community’s support we will get there and it will slowly turn back into the pub which people remember.
“We are listening to what the customers are saying and writing it down, so when we complete the changes they will feel part of that change.
“We want to listen to the people that come in here, as they are the ones that have been coming in for the last 20 years. It’s a big jump but hopefully everything will go well.”