Horton pub has community spirit
2:00pm Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Latest News
Although Matt and Sharon Smith have only been in the pub trade for a little over eight months, they have already made a big impact on the community of Horton.
The couple, who run the Bridge Inn at Horton, near Devizes, are delighted it has been voted the Gazette’s Pub of the Month for October.
Mrs Smith, formerly a legal secretary in Plymouth, and Mr Smith, a former Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy with 24 years’ service, decided a complete change of direction was needed in their lives so they decided to take on a pub.
Mrs Smith said: “We had been thinking about doing it for some time and when Matt left the Navy it seemed like the perfect opportunity.
“We haven’t regretted it for a minute. Yes, it’s hard work and involves long hours but it’s been fun.
“Our customers are lovely and it seems they think the same about us. Our aim was to run a family pub with good pub grub. It seem we have succeeded and we are very grateful to all those who voted for us.”
The couple arrived at the Bridge Inn on February 26 and have not looked back.
Their clientele enjoy their honest, substantial fare and the steaks on sizzling skillets are a particular favourite.
The couple have a 24-year-old daughter who lives in Newquay, Cornwall, but visits her parents regularly.
The pub sits on the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal, close to the villages of Horton, Bishops Cannings and Coate, but their trade comes from far and wide, as well as from boaters passing along the canal.
Mrs Smith said: “We have had a very busy summer. For once the weather has been on our side.”
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