Pewsey landlord in shock at win

Jerry Kunkler with his Pub of the Month award

Jerry Kunkler with his Pub of the Month award

First published in News

Friendly staff make The Moonrakers in Pewsey a great local haunt, according to landlord Jerry Kunkler who was delighted to accept this month’s Gazette & Herald Pub of the Month title.

Pewsey-born Mr Kunkler, Wiltshire councillor for the village, will be celebrating owning the pub for 33 years next month and is the village’s longest-serving landlord.

He said: “I’m totally shocked because we don’t even serve food here.

“We just make sure there is a friendly atmosphere and we treat everybody the same and make everyone feel welcome.

“Things have changed over the decades.

“People don’t just go to the pub anymore. They need a reason to go so we put things on like sports events on the TV screens and a happy hour.

“I’ve run a happy hour for the last 25 years and there we’re more over Christmas.

“We offer good value for money, people can come here and get four pints for a tenner.”

Mr Kunkler regularly uses his pub in the High Street to fundraise for many county and national charities.

The pub is also involved in community events and is a stop on both the three-legged race and the wheelbarrow race during the village’s annual carnival.

He said: “All of the staff here work really hard and I never employ anyone who isn’t friendly because it’s the staff who make it a good pub to come to.

“I think it’s important that they get credit for that.

“That’s why I took them to Paris this year for the Christmas party. We all got on the Eurostar and went up the Eiffel tower.”

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