Fully refurbished and re-opened in October 2007, the original concept was to create a ‘Gastro style Pub’ but trying to create a new pub & restaurant at the onset of the recession proved too much.
About a year later, staring bankruptcy in the face, we decided to run the Tavern purely as a Pub, with no food, no satellite TV sports, no gaming machines or tables, just drinks and a decent selection of nuts & crisps. These quickly became known as ‘The Bar Buffet’ with the always popular ‘House Mix’ of Salted Peanuts and Cashews.
Oh, we had no staff either! Just a few brilliant regulars who helped out if we got busy!
To a point, we have tried to let the Tavern evolve rather than dictate our own preferences.
For instance, a lot of our customers asked for more cask ales which we steadily introduced.
Now we have a range of six cask ales always available with at least three from local breweries within a 30 mile radius
Nowhere in Chertsey had regular live music.
The live music every Friday has become extremely popular
We kept being asked whether we would start to do food, especially on Sundays.
You now really are advised to book for Sunday Lunch
Then we started opening during the week at lunchtimes, again offering a food menu.
We now have a great, regular lunchtime trade from local businesses
All-in-all, Thyme at the Tavern has become what it is today due to the characters and personalities of those who either frequent there or work there!
Long may it remain the same!