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The new landlord at The Wheatsheaf has brought a new vibe to the Basingstoke pub
A NEW landlord is bringing a new vibe to a popular Basingstoke business.
The man behind the bar at The Wheatsheaf, in Winton Square, is Paul Saunders, and he is keen to make the pub a popular music venue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
He said: “I’m fortunate to know people in the local music industry, so I am able to bring in some very good local bands.
“It’s not just one genre, we’re looking at a variety of music – everything from rock to indie, ska, acoustic and jungle. I’m pretty much open to anything really.”
On a Sunday, local performers are invited to take part in a jamboree which is proving to be very popular.
Among the local bands that are set to play at the pub are Back To Funk, Sin City Rockers, Coda, Band X and Kane Witney.
Paul said: “I want it so that when people think of The Wheatsheaf, they will think of it as a great music venue. And I want it to be a place where everybody feels comfortable and welcome, no matter what their background.”
Even though many pubs are going out of business, Paul, who grew up in the industry and has his mum Mo on hand to lend a hand, is optimistic.
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” he said. “It is a risky business to get into, but it’s enjoyable as well as being a challenge. This pub has got plenty of potential and it’s an ideal location close to the town centre. I’ve got a 10-year lease, so I’m here for the duration.”
Paul is in the process of getting the kitchen up and running to tap into the lunchtime trade and bring in nearby office workers to the pub. He also plans to offer a traditional roast on Sundays.