Town centre pub aims to be ‘home from home’

The Whale,Buckingham.From the left,Katie Coulson,staff,Kim Thirkettle,landlady,Cliff Thirkettle,landlord and Kirsty Jamieson,staff.'111010M-B053
The Whale,Buckingham.From the left,Katie Coulson,staff,Kim Thirkettle,landlady,Cliff Thirkettle,landlord and Kirsty Jamieson,staff.'111010M-B053
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THE new landlords at The Whale, on Buckingham’s Market Hill, are full of plans for the historic town centre pub, but say they’re being led by their loyal band of regulars.

Buckingham couple Cliff Thirkettle, aged 50, and his wife Kim, 46, took over tenancy of The Whale at the beginning of July.

By very popular demand, already the log fires have been refurbished ready for the winter.

The kitchen is under refurbishment, with a view to offering good-quality English pub food within the month.

A chef has been lined up ready to start, but there won’t be a formal dining area.

Kim said: “It’s going to be home from home. Eat on the sofas if you like, in front of the television.”

There will also be themed curry, chilli or sushi nights. And they plan to offer breakfast to local businesspeople from 8am.

The couple will soon be moving in, with their three children, Oliver, aged 11, William, nine, and Charlotte, six. And they’re keen to make the pub family friendly. The unexpectedly large garden will be refurbished and opened next year

And they want The Whale to welcome old and young alike.

“I’m a firm believer the OAPs of this country get a raw deal,” said Cliff. “Here they can get a cup of tea and a piece of cake for £1.”

And he added: “It’s always been known as a man’s pub. We’re trying to change that.”

There’s free Wifi, and youngsters over 16 are welcome to pop in for a coffee at lunchtime.

As well as regular quiz nights and disco nights, the pub is hosting a fancy dress, Halloween-themed Free Jukebox party on Saturday, October 29, with DJs Appy Daze and Andy R, in aid of the Stoke Mandeville Hospital Scanner Appeal.

The Buckingham 10K Run will set off from The Whale on Sunday, October 16.