Pub of the Year competition: The Rifle VolunteerBy Laura Herbert
February 20, 2013
Landlord and landlady Graham and Dawn Howarth loved their local pub so much they bought it.
That was around 12 years ago and since then the couple have been pulling pints behind the bar at the Rifle Volunteer.
Mr Howarth, who has lived in Wokingham with his wife for 18 years, said: “It is a traditional locals’ local and is very much what a pub used to be.
“It is very much a walk-up pub with a lot of people who are in walking distance coming in.”
He added: “We believe a locals’ local needs to have three main points – the clientele, good beer and the staff behind the bar.
“Our customers have banter with the staff and it creates a good atmosphere.”
The boozer, in Emmbrook Road, was nominated for The Wokingham Times’ Pub of the Year competition by regular Andrew Cooley.
Mr Cooley, of Winnersh, said: “I just feel very comfortable in the pub.
“It is a friendly pub at the heart of the community. I might not know all of the people in there, but I can soon strike up a conversation. The landlord and landlady will get on with anyone and they really make you feel welcome.”