THE new landlord of a high street pub with a troubled past says he plans to stay for as long as it takes to turn the venue around.
The Bell in Tring was closed after a weekend break-in when crooks stole cash from the safe.
The burglary on Sunday. November 27 at 1.45am was the latest in a number of antisocial incidents, which have led to the pub’s bad reputation.
Craig Henderson, who is now running the pub, hopes to improve the public’s perception of the business.
The 30-year-old ex-soldier said: “When something has been tarred with that brush it can be hard to change it but I’m here for the long run and to make The Bell the place to be.
“I have experience in the armed forces and have taken drug aware courses and alcohol aware courses.”
Since Craig and his team moved in, security at the pub has been stepped up with CCTV cameras among the new measures.
They reopened the doors on the evening of December 2 to a large crowd of Friday night drinkers.
Craig said: “We were rammed wall to wall and all the customers were great and made us feel really welcome.
“We want The Bell to be a traditional English family pub. We will bring in a new menu and there will be an extensive refurbishment in the New Year.”
Other plans for the pub include quiz nights, live bands on Saturday nights and a host of events to provide entertainment every day of the week.
Craig said: “The way to turn this place around is to make it a community and family-orientated place. We’ll have events for local charities too.”