Press Release: Award win…….

This is a copy of the press release that Heineken have sent out about our success in last nights awards.


The licensee of The Roebuck at Forsbrook has received a prestigious national Newcomer of the Year Award from Star Pubs & Bars for his success in transforming the previously little-used pub into a thriving hub of the community.

Stoke born-and-bred Paul Collins had his first ever pint at the pub aged 18 and became a life long customer. On retirement from his gas delivery business, Paul began helping out at The Roebuck to keep busy. When the licensee left, regulars –  who were concerned for The Roebuck’s future – appealed to Paul to take it on.

Since taking the helm in summer 2017, 61-year-old Paul has invested £40,000 into the pub and transformed its fortunes, winning back former customers and attracting residents who had never been in before, including senior citizens and many more women.

The judges were bowled over by Paul’s achievements calling them “nothing short of amazing” for a person with no previous experience of running a pub. In just eighteen months Paul has redecorated the inside and created a stunning all-weather garden complete with an outside bar, wood-fired pizza oven and a stage. With no café in the village, Paul has added a tearoom above the pub, which provides a popular meeting place for the village’s senior citizens.

Under Paul’s stewardship, the pub has become a focal point of Forsbrook life. The Roebuck hosts a myriad of activities to bring people together from quiz, film and music nights to bingo and a senior citizen’s ‘Seventy to Plenty Club’. The judges noted how The Roebuck helps the village mark significant occasions too. It recognised Remembrance Day in Forsbrook with a bugler sounding the Last Post at commemorative gates commissioned by Paul to honour fallen soldiers at The Roebuck. And, at Christmas, there was carol singing and a visit from Santa.

The judges also commended Paul and the customers for The Roebuck’s fundraising, which has already donated in the region of £10,000 to different charities over the years such as Douglas Macmillan Hospice and The Donna Louise children’s hospice. Amongst other initiatives, Paul led the drive to raise £2,500 to fund a village defibrillator – now installed at The Roebuck – and the pub has raised £4,500 for the British Legion over the past few years.

Paul was presented with his award by actor, comedian and presenter Joel Dommett at a gala ceremony at the five-star Luton Hoo hotel in Bedfordshire.

Says Paul: “I’d retired and didn’t plan to take over my local but half way through my first bar shift I realised I loved it. Seeing people enjoy themselves, makes me happy; I wish I’d done this 30 years ago. I never in my wildest dreams imagined The Roebuck could be so successful. It has been a team effort with the village and the customers, so this award is for them too. They get on board with everything we try and are incredibly generous in donating to good causes.”

Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars managing director: “We were blown away by The Roebuck and Paul’s talent, energy and passion for the job. The Roebuck is an outstanding pub with a brilliant atmosphere where customers are assured of a warm welcome, some great craic and a laugh as well as extremely good food and drink. It’s all down to Paul. It’s a remarkable accomplishment for somebody new to the industry.”

Star Pubs & Bars Annual Awards

Last night we attended the Star Pubs & Bars Annual awards night.

We only went and won Best Newcomer to the industry.

So from me to you on a personal level this award is for everyone connected to the pub, our amazing staff team and our fabulous customers.

Thank You….




Tea Room Re-Opens on Mon 3rd Feb

Some good news, work will be starting soon to rectify the damp issue we have upstairs.

In the meantime I am pleased to say that we will be offering a shortened menu of our delicious food in the lounge of The Roebuck from 10am to 2pm every Mon to Fri from Mon 3rd Feb

This menu will include,

  • Daily Specials
  • Our fresh homemade Sandwiches and Toasties
  • Our Breakfast Toasties
  • Kerrys homemade Scones and Cakes
  • Teacakes
  • Our award winning speciality Tea
  • A range of freshly made Coffees and Chocolates.

Don’t forget all the above items will be available take away too.

And best of all no stairs.

Hopefully see you soon.

Cheers Kerry & Paul

We Won 3 Awards……..

Wow we have won 3 awards in the annual Mark Readers Choice Awards. I am so proud of my team and all our customers thank you each and every one of you.

Voted Best

  • Community Pub (Small)
  • Best Live Music Venue (Small Venue)
  • and a special recognition award for Patriotic Pub of the Year


Problems with Damp & The Hideout

As most of you are aware the ladies toilet has some damp coming through on the walls.

Please be assured that I am working to get it sorted asap with new light fittings being installed this week and a bit of decoration once the problem with the damp it is finally sorted.

Unfortunately we have a similar problem upstairs in The Hideout Tea Room, so today I have made the hard decision to regrettably close the The Hideout until the problem has been isolated and then repaired. I have been informed that this could take up to 3 months due to it all drying out once the weather improves and the problem identified.

If you have gift vouchers these will still be valid. But should you require a refund please just call into the Roebuck and return your voucher for a full refund.

Thanks for your understanding. Paul & Staff

The Hideout Closed this Friday (17th Jan)

Due to illness we shall not be open on Friday 17th January.
So sorry for any inconvenience this may cause anyone.

We will be back open as soon as is possible and thank you for your understanding with this matter.

Cheers Paul

FunkyMunkee & Boogie Nights

Remember back in the day when the boys smelled off Brut or Denim aftershave, the girls were throwing up in the corner the babycham or pony you just spent a weeks wage buying her. The sound, the pulsating sound of shit music  filling the heavy atmosphere………….

No neither can I so, its good dinks, great fun a party and shite music at the Buck it is then.

This Saturday All kicking off about 9.

Don’t forget your boogie shoes and big Girls pants cause you are gonna need them

Now where did I put my spandex …… ooooh I feel good……….

Thank You & Happy New Year

A massive thank you from Sue & myself to everyone of you who joined us last night to celebrate the new year coming in.

Sorry I didn’t get around to seeing some of you but it was a little bit busy to say the least, but I sincerely hope you had a good time.

Thanks for your support over the last 12 months and I look forward to sharing next year with you.

Take care, stay safe but most of all be happy

Love Paul & Sue

Christmas Bonus Ball Winners

One lucky customer had a nice pressie off Santa when he scooped our £1000 bonus ball jackpot on Christmas Day. His  number was 26.

Also Tracey had a nice little surprise on boxing day when she opened her envelope to reveal 00 which won her a nice little £200.

Well done to them and commiserations to all of us losers.