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Our Stratford Haven pub marks 18 years of service to the people of West Bridgford and beyond on Thursday 18 May.   And landlord Tom Eccles promises a 'finally legal' fling over four days of celebration to mark the milestone.  

Tom Eccles, the Stratford Haven’s landlord, with star 1 on Central Avenue, West Bridgford 


“On Thursday, I’m inviting customers to scavenge for 18 birthday stars hidden along our neighbouring Central Avenue.  Each has a prize attached from a humble packet of crisps to a brewery tour for ten.   All will be redeemable in the pub,” he says.   “There’ll be birthday beers, many requested by our regulars, with one on sale at £2 a pint much like it was in 1999.  And over the four days we’ll have a BBQ, live 90s music, and on Thursday free birthday cake.”

It was on a sunny May Tuesday in 1999 that local crime writer and Daily Mirror journalist Frank Palmer pulled the inaugural pint to mark the opening of the first new licensed premises in West Bridgford for a generation.   Named by a local pensioner, 81 year old Kay Tomlinson, the pub is on the site of former pet shop on Stratford Road and its arrival marked the first big change to the retail mix at the suburb’s heart.

Adding to the birthday celebrations, just down the road the Poppy and Pint is celebrating their 6th birthday on Wednesday 17th May. Expect discounted drinks, food specials, birthday cake and live music from the Brace.