The new landlords behind the bar of a Wiltshire pub have been “blown away” by the success of their first two weeks.

Luke Monday and Annie Macefield recently took control of The Three Crowns, on The Causeway in Chippenham, after long serving landlord Steve Jenner sold the pub to Broadtown Brewery.

The engaged couple say they have enjoyed positive feedback from regulars since taking over and have ensured that it’s business as usual at the venue.

Mr Monday said: “It’s been brilliant so far and it’s all going well. We’re not changing much really, and the ethos will stay the same, the other changes will come down the line.

“This is a community ale house and we want to keep that the same with charity events, beer festivals and local bands.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The new owners/landlords of The Three Crowns

“We seem to have got the approval of the previous landlord and that’s always good.”

Ms Macefield added: "Everything will be the same, including the cheese club and quiz nights, but we will hopefully be able to put our little input in.”

The pair most recently ran The Check Inn, in Wroughton, and have spent 20 years in the industry between them.

They are excited about the long-term potential of The Three Crowns.

“We were looking at a longer project and this is an up-and-coming brewery and an ale house so it ticks everything we wanted”, said Mr Monday.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Three Crowns

During their time in Wroughton they teamed up with the pub’s new owners Broadtown Brewery, located at Porte Marsh Industrial Estate in Calne.

The local brewery was established by owner Jason Bayliffe in 2019, and originally sold their beer door to door, but have quickly grown into a thriving business.

Broadtown now boasts venues in Calne and their original home of Broad Town, near Swindon, and purchased The Three Crowns from Mr Jenner in May.

Mr Bayliffe added: “It’s a major achievement because when we started it was just me and my wife bottling.

“We have grown from there and now have six permanent staff and have won three major CAMRA awards in a year and a half.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Three Crowns

“Having the pub will give us a lot more control and we’ve found something established with a good community spirit.”

While the inside of the pub has received a “little freshen up” there have been no dramatic redecorations or refurbishments.

Behind the bar three Broadtown beers will be on offer while the other four pumps will serve guest ales.