New landlords at the pub in Eversley Cross are keeping the community at the heart of their business
Rooted in the heart of the village, The Frog and Wicket pub thrives on family fun and community spirit.
From music gigs and classic car displays, to charity events and barbecues, the Eversley Cross venue continues to support the parish through every season.
From the outside, the pub is picture-perfect. It looks like everybody’s idea of a traditional pub and is opposite England’s oldest functioning cricket pitch.
The building, painted in subtle green shades to reflect its wild hopping friend, also stands on the Three Castles Path, which is a walking route from Winchester Castle to Windsor Castle via Odiham Castle.
Overlooking the cricket pitch is a sea of picnic benches for customers to dine al fresco during the warm weather.
At the rear of the property is an enclosed beer garden with child facilities.
Inside, warm red carpets and rustic wooden tables, give a modest English country atmosphere where customers can settle down for a hearty meal or a well-earned after-work drink.
Former landlords Mark and Tania Edgell left the pub on July 31 after working at the community hub for five years.
Hannah Bradley and partner Paul Mead took over the reins the next day under Fullers brewery having worked for the company in London pubs for many years. They are hoping to become the News & Mail Pub of the Year 2013.
They want to continue to host family favourite events and the pair held their first classic car show in August – an annual event always held outside the pub.
The car show, now in its fourth year, saw more than 100 cars and motorcycles descend on the green.
Along with the cars, a hog roast, barbecue, real ale tent and Sunday roast lunches were enjoyed by visitors and a charity raffle raised funds for Make-A-Wish, an organisation that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Ms Bradley said: “We have lots of plans for events and evenings over the next year and we are really looking forward to trying some new things for our customers including brewery tours and ale road shows.
“The pub has had various names over the years, but The Frog and Wicket developed from a previous name of The Toad and Stumps.
“Many people still call it the toad.
“We cater for children with a play area at the back and welcome anyone that wants to come through the door.
“Its nice to have a view across the cricket pitch every day.”
Head chef Peter Butterworth and senior sous chef Tom Millington serve traditional pub food including generous main meals, light bites, sharers, traditional British puddings and daily specials.
Classic pies, scampi and chips, 10oz steak with all the trimmings and fish cakes are some of the main dishes on the summer menu. The pub also offers a selection of ales and ciders on tap, plus wines and various soft drinks.
During the summer months the rear lawn buzzes with locals clinking their glasses in the warm evenings.
On a Sunday, only roast lunches are served and the restaurant sees up to 140 diners just on that day and there is usually a two-week waiting list to secure a seat.