Landlord returns to popular pub

The Crown in Playhatch is welcoming back former landlord Ted Docherty just over a year after he left. Ted ran the Crown for just over ten years before deciding to focus solely on the White Hart in Nettlebed (also a Brakspear pub), which he’s ran since 2010.

The Crown is due to re-open its doors on Wednesday 29th July for the first time since the forced closure due to Covid-19. During the closure period, the White Hart offered groceries for sale and sold takeaway meals. Ted said

“It was so great to be able to invest in supporting the community. Our steaks have always been popular so we used our butchers to supply them to Nettlebed and surrounding areas. We created an online shop so people could order items like fresh fruit and veg, dried goods, toiletries and meat.

We then added takeaway meals once we recognised the appetite for taking a break from cooking. It was great to keep busy and spend time supporting our customers when they were struggling to get to the shops, or couldn’t get hold of items.”

Ted said he plans to continue to offer the online shop and takeaway service even though the White Hart is now back open. Ted continued

“It’s been great getting stuck into one pub but I really missed the Crown and I’m delighted to be back.”

For now, there won’t be too many changes as social distancing rules are adhered to, but the famous TM Dining steaks will be back on the menu as well as the South African wine range because of Ted’s love for the place where he grew up.

Tom Davies, Brakspear CEO said “We’re delighted Ted will be running the Crown again. His many years of experience in hospitality and his constant drive and creativity are a great combination. We’re sure he’ll do a great job.”

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Caption: Ted Docherty, landlord for the Crown and the White Hart