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The town’s first micro pub, The Bald Buzzard Alehouse, is a hit with the locals after opening in July.
The Hockliffe Street pub officially opened on Saturday, July 4, coinciding with Leighton Buzzard’s Independent’s Day, the day is a celebration of local businesses.
A micro pub is a small freehouse which shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and promotes conversation between its customers.
Phil Thompson and his wife, Alison, are the landlords, they serve ales, beers, wine, soft drinks and food.
He said: “It is going well, we have a good base of regular customers and new customers coming in every week, we are really enjoying it. We have gone back to traditional values where we have no music, no televisions and no gaming machines. People come here and they can have conversations with their friends while enjoying a drink brewed locally. We sell traditional ales and beers that are sourced locally, we are a local business that likes to support other local businesses.”
His wife does the home made cooking for the customers, she gets most of her ingredients for the meals from local farmers or shops.
She said: “I make traditional scotch eggs with duck eggs brought in by Ryan from Hornes brewery in Woburn Sands, I also make Ploughmans lunches and traditional pork pies. As well as ciders and ale I also make a variety of mocktails for our customers.”
Chris Haines posted a review on their Facebook page: “Amazing little pub that serves a range of great ales! Credit must go out to Phil and Alison who are great landlords and very hospitable. Great people and great pub! Will be back very soon 5*.”