Press Release December 2008
IT’S A GOOD LIFE FOR DOGS
AT THE GAMEKEEPER

After proudly displaying its new signage featuring cocker spaniel, Charlie, The Gamekeeper Pub in Ashurst has been attracting dogs and their owners in their multitude.

Publican, Fiona Thompson, stated:
“It’s great, the word is out that dogs are as welcome here as their owners. We are positioned in a great dog walking area and so we are an obvious choice for a ‘stop-off’. This Sunday I took an order for three of our full Sunday roasts – when the dishes arrived our guests took a plate each and then served the whole of the third roast to the dogs – for which it had been specifically ordered! It’s great!”

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

DECEMBER 1ST 2008

NEW PUB SIGN PUTS CHARLIE IN THE PICTURE

Charlie the cocker spaniel is the star of the new sign at The Gamekeeper Pub at Woodlands near Ashurst. Charlie is one of a trio of dogs depicted on the sign which has been hand-painted for the pub by Wadworth’s own in-house sign painting shop – but he is the only one of the three who is actually resident behind the bar.

Publican Fiona Thompson is delighted with the new sign which has been individually created for The Gamekeeper and has drawn a lot of positive comments from customers and passers-by.

“The sign has proved very popular,” says Fiona. “People are always delighted when they meet Charlie and recognise him from his painted portrait. Being situated in the middle of the New Forest we get lots of dog walkers in here and sometimes at lunchtime there are as many dogs as people! Charlie welcomes all his visitors and we make sure that there are water bowls available for his canine friends as well as refreshing pints of Wadworth real ale for the two-legged ramblers.”

Wadworth is the only remaining brewery to keep its own in-house sign painting shop, and its specialist artists are able to create individual signs that conjure up the atmosphere and special qualities of each establishment.

David Young was the artist who worked on the new sign for The Gamekeeper, and he was anxious to retain a traditional feel, bearing in mind the pub’s rural location and woodland setting. “Fiona asked me if I would include Charlie in the sign as a personal touch,” explains David. “It’s lovely to be asked to add such an individual point of interest, and I am delighted that the new sign has been so well received by customers.”