A village pub has closed its doors – and its owners are desperately encouraging new blood to save its future.
One of Wing’s few drinking holes, The Queen’s Head, High Street, has been shut for nearly a month after its owners fell victim to price increases.
Denise Redding, who also owns The Stag in Mentmore, is hoping that someone with fresh ideas will take the pub over, which has been up for sale for six months.
The Queen’s Head was managed by Denise’s son, Michael.
The mother and son said: “It is with great sadness that we are closing The Queen’s Head until further notice.
“This has been an incredibly hard decision to make but, unfortunately, The Queen’s Head is no longer financially viable. With impending increases in beer and utility costs plus minimum wage increases and pension legislation the harsh reality is that we just can’t make ends meet.
“To our regulars, we are incredibly grateful for the way you support The Queen’s Head. You are one of the reasons we have remained open as long as we have Your custom, along with a small group of others, creates a wonderful community spirit in our pub and we are truly sorry that we can’t afford to maintain this environment for you.”
The Queen’s Head will continue to be actively marketed in the hope that a buyer can be found.
The pub had been in the Good Beer Guide for nine years and had previously won an Aylesbury Vale Food Pub of the Year Award.
Speaking about potential buyers, Denise said: “Perhaps a younger couple with fresh ideas would be able to encourage new customers into what is a beautiful old pub in a lovely village.”