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Business is booming for Winchester's Running Horse pub
BUSINESS is booming for a Winchester pub just two months after it reopened.
The Running Horse in Littleton has doubled its customer numbers since a relaunch in June, when the pub was taken over by Hampshire’s Upham Ale Company.
Boss Youri de Jager said: “The guys running the company have a lot of experience and a good track record. They’ve given us a great investment here; we are very well-equipped and everything is in place to do the job properly.”
Although food is still a key part of the business, Mr de Jager said more focus would go on promoting it as a traditional watering hole.
He said: “We can’t operate without enticing people through the door with a nice meal, but we hope to have something for everyone.
“I’m still feeling my way in but there are plans in the future for beer festivals and band nights. I’m trying to see what the locals want. We need to solidify and be good at what we do and then build on it.”
Mr de Jager said the pub is regularly serving meals to around 100 customers per day on weekends, twice what the previous managers recorded.
He added the pub has enjoyed a strong reaction from locals.
Mr de Jager said: “The regulars come in because they like to have a pint here and are happy with us. But people who may not have come here before because it was not what they wanted have come back and there have been a lot of positives.”
The Running Horse is the latest pub to be taken over by Upham, which also runs the Thomas Lord in West Meon and The Navigator at Lower Swanwick.
It also provides accommodation with nine en-suite rooms on offer, with weekend bookings sold-out since it reopened.
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