Public House of the Month
The Horns Inn is in the village of Colehill, just outside of the historic market town of Wimborne. This is a beautiful pub which has won 'Wimborne in Bloom' a number of years in a row due to the stunning flowers planted each year. At the Horns you will find helpful team members, fabulous food and a beautiful garden!
Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7AA
Tel: 01202 883557
- Breakfast Served
- Car Park
- Dogs Allowed
Michelle and Steve have been Business Partners of Hall and Woodhouse for the past 4 years, currently for The Horns in Colehill since February and prior to that at The Wheelwright in Colyford and The Oddfellows in Wimborne. We caught up with Michelle to see how the past few months have been going.
How and where did you start in the hospitality industry?
I started in the industry when I was very young; I was around 12 years old when I first worked within hospitality. I had actually been out of the industry for around 20 years before I decided that I wanted to get back into it and become a Business Partner.
How has your previous work differed from your current one?
I was doing a completely different job role before I became a Business Partner; the work was guest-facing so it was similar in that respect but the overall job differed entirely from managing and running a pub. I decided I would apply for a Business Partnership as it was always an ambition of mine.
What do you like best about managing the Horns?
I would say the best thing about managing the pub is the variety of people that I get to meet and engage with on a daily basis. We have a very loyal guest-base that has built up over the past few months. It has taken time and determination to encourage these guests back to The Horns; it is a delight that we now have a strong following.
How do your team sum up the Hall and Woodhouse values?
We currently have a very small team at The Horns consisting of myself, Steve and our waitress Kirsty. This means values such as team; dedication and kindness are intrinsic to our everyday jobs.
We rely on one another and support each other to do the best we can do, especially when the warmer weather arrives and our covers increase. We show kindness through supporting each other to complete all of the jobs that need doing, not just worrying about ourselves.
Our guests make our pub so special; they are friendly and loyal and bring the place to life. Our locals love to have an input and are always eager to give us great ideas for events.
We have two televisions which often show varying sporting events which means we have a strong sports team following. In the coming months we will be arranging karaoke and magic shows as well as increasing our popular quiz nights. Most predominately our garden is the highlight for our guests, it is ideal for enjoying a cider in the sun.
What’s your favourite pub event of the year?
We have only been at The Horns since February so we are yet to experience events like Christmas and New Year’s in this location. I would probably have to say that my favourite type of pub events are those held over the summer months when the sun comes out such as beer and cider festivals.
Wimborne Minister Folk committee hold a very popular Festival in June drawing in guests from a far, it’s a great environment and all our guests love the occasion. We hope to hold our own beer and cider festival later on in the summer to create a similar atmosphere for our locals.
How is your pub part of the local community? And what kind of people do you have visiting your pub?
There is a real community feel to our pub now; we have a very strong following of AFC Bournemouth supporters who have continuously attended our Sky Sports evenings to watch their club reach promotion this year.
Over the past three months we have also established a darts team who have agreed to continue to play through the summer months. We have a huge variety of guests at the Horns, from walkers and ramblers to large families and friends. The pub is the right size and location to attract guests for all over.
What’s good to see and experience in your area after a visit to the pub?
The pub is set in the beautiful countryside of Wimborne; there are some great walking routes around the local area including the Hall and Woodhouse Pub Trail. I would also recommend a visit to Wimborne town centre where there is a lot of rich heritage and picturesque buildings to see, some quaint shops and often town events suitable for all ages.
And lastly, if you were to recommend a perfect combination of Badger Ale and a meal for your guests, what would you recommend?
Whilst the weather is still a little gloomy, it would have to be a pint of Tanglefoot and our short crust steak and ale pie from the specials board, it’s delicious. In the warmer weather I would recommend our cheese and biscuits board with a Pear or Apple Wood cider.
Thanks for your time Michelle, we wish you, Steve and your team the best of luck for the busy summer ahead!
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