A return to his roots for village publican

Bradley Vyse and Jo Farquhar in The Wheatsheaf
Bradley Vyse and Jo Farquhar in The Wheatsheaf

A new landlord has swapped a career in the City for pulling pints in a village pub.

Bradley Vyse, aged 31, and his fiancee Jo Farquhar, 38, took over Maids Moreton pub The Wheatsheaf on January 8.

Since then they have been busy sprucing the place up, with new furniture and curtains and a new bar.

Bradley said: “We’ve totally renovated the beer cellar and the kitchen is brand new.”

And he added: “The support we’ve had from the locals has been absolutely overwhelming. Everyone in the village has been fantastic.”

It’s a return home for Bradley, who grew up in Whitchurch and went to Akeley Wood School. After being made redundant from his City job in 2012, Bradley retrained as a chef, then met Jo, who has 20 years’ experience as a pub landlord for Fullers.

The pair bought the freehold for The Wheatsheaf, and were able to take on existing head chef Christian Jarvis and barmaid Gill Gallagher.

Bradley said: “Christian has an excellent pedigree. He is absolutely brilliant. His food is spectacular.

“We’d like it to be a food-led pub. We’ve got a rustic pub menu. All our meat is from Clays and we get our veg locally. Everything is home-made and everything is cooked on order.”

The pub has four real ales on draught, a new Aspall cider called Harry Sparrow and a full wine list.