Our Vision

The pub, formerly known as the White Horse Inn, is an attractive 1913 building in Winterbourne Bassett and is situated just off the A4361, which is a popular route for cyclists and visitors to the Avebury world heritage site. It is also close to The Ridgeway National Trail which is popular with walkers and cyclists.

Since 1999 it was owned by Wadworth Brewery and operated under a tied tenancy. The previous tenant decided not to renew their lease, which was due to expire at the end of April 2018, and this led to Wadworth deciding to put the property up for sale in the summer of 2017. 

A group of concerned residents, supported by the Parish Council, formed an initial management committee and set up a Community Benefit Society to purchase the pub, carry out some remodelling and refurbishment, and then re-open it with new tenants.

We plan to run it as a homely, traditional village pub, for the benefit of the residents of the village, and visitors to the area. We aim to put in place a Tenant or Self-Employed Manager who will run the pub for us. It will retain the heart of our lovely village, provide a hub for social gathering, good food, drink and cultural activities, and help promote a cohesive and friendly community in the area. It is our intention that the property will support a range of additional services, including:

  • With help from the community, we will open from early morning offering teas, coffees, and local produce. This would allow local residents the opportunity to gain wider access and use the pub as a social hub. We plan to install fast Broadband once available in the village (from September 2018) to enable the pub to become a business hub for local home workers and passing business people.

  • We carried out a survey in the village and identified the need for basic shop services and locally produced goods.  The villages of Broad Hinton and Avebury have part time Post Office offerings, so we would like to open a similar facility on the premises, or at least offer a parcel drop/collection service.

  • There is a plan to develop one of the outbuildings into a micro-brewery, therefore offering some casual employment in the village, increase and improve the revenues to the pub and underpin its financial strength.

  • The village lacks any play facilities for children, we will install play equipment for children in the village and for customer use.

  • The village darts team are keen to be able to play home matches in their local pub and continue to be part of the local league.

  • The village Book Club will have a public place to meet and therefore grow its membership.

  • The village church congregation would like to use the pub to run fund raising events - the loss of the pub has limited their ability to raise funds to protect our 12th century church. They have previously held regular meeting and events, such as the harvest festival lunch.