Pub owners hit back at criticism from readers

A10 WEEK 15'MCBH'rd'The Black Horse Thame L-R Emma Davis, Vickie Bailey , Maureen Weatherstone,Gilly Feedam,
A10 WEEK 15'MCBH'rd'The Black Horse Thame L-R Emma Davis, Vickie Bailey , Maureen Weatherstone,Gilly Feedam,
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OWNERS of the Black Horse pub in Thame have hit back at recent criticism from Gazette readers, saying “We are part of the community too.”

The Gazette has received a number of letters complaining about the noise and litter coming from the pub but landlady Maureen Weatherstone has confirmed she is doing everything possible to keep this to a minimum.

She said: “We are part of the community and I take that seriously, if people are unhappy then come in and talk to me.

“We do everything in our power to keep the disruption down and have been doing so for 13 years.

“We are not just some scummy pub, we monitor drugs and are a real active part of the town and it is working. I am hardly going to spread that and then let my pub be run to the ground.”

The popular watering hole is especially busy on on Friday and Saturday nights – the days the complaints refer to.

But Maureen believes the Black Horse gives people an outlet to enjoy their evenings late into the night.

She said: “It is really frustrating because not everybody wants to go to bed at 10pm or 10.30pm on a Friday night.

“We are the only pub like a night club so understandably people want to come here later on.

“We keep monitoring our noise levels with a decibel reader and are always below the required standard.

“We have been doing it for a year now and in all that time have never been over our regulations.”

Readers have written in with particular reference to vomit and litter around the streets of the town centre which greets them when they wake up in the mornings.

But Maureen insists the pub cannot be responsible for customers after they have left.

“We are really careful, we go out sweeping the pavements but we can’t be responsible for every piece of litter that is dropped in town. Other pubs let customers out with glasses but we stop our customers taking their glasses into the street,” she said.

Maureen runs the pub with her daughters Vicki and Emma and takes pride in her staff.

She said: “This is my life – I have reigned here for over 13 years and take it personally. All my staff work hard, and all know the rules.”

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