Tributes to Silverstone pub ‘legend’

Les Adams of The White Horse, Silverstone. PNL-140326-162054001
Les Adams of The White Horse, Silverstone. PNL-140326-162054001

Pub regulars are mourning alongside the family of a Silverstone landlord described as an ‘absolute legend’.

Les Adams, landlord at the White Horse pub, died in the early hours of Monday morning. Hundreds of tributes have been paid to the popular 64-year-old who ran the pub with his wife Jan for 14 years.

His son, Ben Adams, said the family had been overwhelmed by the support and it showed what a ‘people person’ his father was. He said: “He was the life and soul of the party. He did everything at the pub, from cooking to working behind the bar. He was definitely a people’s man.

“All the younger staff that we have working in the kitchen all used to call him uncle Les or grandad.”

Les and Jan worked for Everards Brewery for more than 20 years, first in and around their home town of Leicester before moving to the home of Formula 1, Silverstone.

Condolences have arrived from around the world, including the Formula 1 teams based in the area.

Les, known for his love of motorsport and the Grand Prix, ran several outdoor bars during the busy Formula 1 weekend. He also hosted many community and charity events in the pub.

Ben added: “He would probably have a go at us for closing on Monday. It was a tough decision. The fact that he was such a community person meant it was important we opened up the doors yesterday (Tuesday) as people came in to give their well wishes.”

‘Legend’ is one word which appears regularly in tributes paid to Les on the pub’s Facebook page. One pub-goer, Hilary Stevenson, said: “Not only the White Horse but Silverstone has lost a real gentleman. A joker, a superb landlord, but above all else a friend.”

Another, Dan West-Burnham, commented: “Les was one of life’s true characters, he will be greatly missed by our village and the wider motorsport community that enjoyed his hospitality.”

Everards area manager Mike Brown said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Les and our thoughts are with his wife Jan, his children, Ben and Charlotte, and the rest of the family at this difficult time.

“Les was a valued and long standing licensee and a popular pillar of the community. He will be greatly missed.” Les leaves his wife Jan, son Ben and his wife Kat, daughter Charlotte Ward and her husband Ross, as well as five grand-children. Funeral arrangements have yet to be made.