Good draughts at the Windmill

Manager Aaron Hees of The Windmill, Thorne. Picture: Andrew Roe
Manager Aaron Hees of The Windmill, Thorne. Picture: Andrew Roe

REAL ale, a friendly atmosphere and the latest TV sport is proving a potent brew for the Windmill at Thorne.

The pub is readying for a major refurb according to stand-in manager Aaron Hees, who has overseen a record turnover this Christmas.

Aaron, 22 took over the reins in September and is proud to have made his mark on the pub which has been his own local for years.

Aaron said: “We have quite a range of different ales for a small pub. Real ales include Black Sheep and Landlord and a wide range of bottled lagers, backed up by Carling Fosters Coors and Stella.

The pub has live music at least once a month.

He adds:“We had a fantastic singe here last week, Don Major a solo acoustic guitar performer, with a great range of songs”

Tomorrow (Friday March 1) will see another solo acoustic performance by James Holder and covers band Goodfellas will perform on March 15.

Aaron and boss Geoff McGary have already built on the reputation of the pub by introducing live music and are increasing the availability of televised sport.

Aaron has been stand in manager for Geoff McGary since September.

Aged 22 he is relishing his role. He said: “I have been working here before as part of the bar staff and I’ve just finished my degree in Business studies. I stepped up to take on the job. I love this career.

“It is fun and it keeps me busy all the time. He describes the Windmill as a very family friendly pub “full of friends” - “It is just a lovely atmosphere.

“All our customers are on first name terms and it works out great for me. We have got some great staff who are very friendly and supportive.”

The pub is heading for a major refurbishment in forthcoming months and Aaron is planning to organise a music festival in the summer.