New-look pub is the hub of village life after revamp

Kings Head 30/08/11 (RS)''Ed Bancroft who is the landlord of the Kings Head in Wickham.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113087-1)
Kings Head 30/08/11 (RS)''Ed Bancroft who is the landlord of the Kings Head in Wickham.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113087-1)
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IT used to have a bad reputation but since The Kings Head in Wickham was refurbished, it has a new lease of life.

Sitting in the centre of The Square in the village, surrounded by a butchers, a bakers and a newsagent, it is a reminder of village life in days gone by.

The bar’s walls are covered with photographs of the pub in the 1920s, of celebrations of D-Day in 1945 and the old train station in around 1955.

Landlord Ed Bancroft has only been at the pub since last November, but has worked hard to give it an approachable atmosphere for the locals.

He said: ‘It’s part of the community.

‘It’s a good meeting point. It’s quite a big community and we are the only pub.

‘It used to be quite a rough pub.

‘It had a bit of a reputation but there was a massive refurbishment.

‘People like what we have done by opening it up. It’s got a good feel to it.’

The pub serves fresh home-cooked food and live bands perform regularly. When the Wickham Festival took place last month, the pub was packed with punters from far and wide who came in to enjoy the live music.

Regular Julian Roger, 47, from Forest Lane, said: ‘It’s my community centre.

‘It’s a great atmosphere. If you had a village without a pub, no-one meets anybody.

‘Here, you meet all sorts of people from different walks of life.’