New landlord for historic Hertfordshire pub

PUBLISHED: 15:01 03 October 2011

Landlord Bhupen Solanki is now calling the shots - and pulling the pints - at The Brocket Arms

Landlord Bhupen Solanki is now calling the shots - and pulling the pints - at The Brocket Arms


AN historic pub is under new management.

The Brocket Arms, the 14th-century inn in Ayot St Lawrence, is now in the hands of first-time landlord Bhupen “Bhup” Solanki.

Bhupen and wife Rachel took over the leasehold of the picturesque inn last month, and have already invested in a large children’s climbing frame in the pub garden to attract more families.

But although some things are changing, much is staying the same.

“I want to try and retain the atmosphere of a traditional English inn,” said Bhupen.

“The three areas I’m concentrating on is pub food, accommodation and customer service – I pride myself on customer service.

“It’s been my life-long ambition to run a pub, and have regular guest ales.

“I’m big into beer and I’ll be working with CAMRA [Campaign for Real Ale] to have six beers on tap all the time.”

In a previous incarnation, The Brocket Arms developed a reputation as something of a high-end gastropub, specialising in fine dining.

And while Bhupen said the fine dining experience would remain, he also wants to offer customers something a bit more homely.

“One of the major things we’ll be doing is offering traditional pub food,” he said.

“As well as fine dining in the restaurant for couples and families out for a special occasion, for villagers and walkers who want something more simple, we’re going to be launching our Pub Classic menu in October.”

The Brocket Arms also offers overnight accommodation in the form of six rooms, all with ensuite facilities.

For more information call The Brocket Arms on 01438 820250.

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