After Hours: The Saxon
WEETING — It’s not easy to miss The Saxon pub. It’s essentially the only joint in the small village of Weeting, right down the road from Brandon.
But even if it weren’t the lone establishment, there’s plenty about this mom-and-pop operation that would make it a suitable locale for any local.
While it’s dominated by its array of regular customers, The Saxon is the kind of place that still manages to emit a welcoming vibe to any newcomer who walks through the door.
Billy helps out with that. The tiny toy-size Yorkshire Terrier patrols the premises like he owns the joint, obviously unaware of his diminutive size.
Billy is kept around by Paul and Mandy Smith, who have owned The Saxon for about 18 months. The pub has been around since 1964.
Since buying the place, the Smiths, who live right upstairs, have worked to perfect that welcoming feeling that greets each customer.
“Our first priority when we came here was to give the pub back to the village,” Paul Smith said last week.
The villagers had been loath to use the pub because its previous owners hadn’t been the most customer-friendly, Paul Smith said diplomatically.
But The Saxon has slowly emerged as a meeting spot in the village, he said.
“It’s just a friendly area here,” Paul Smith said. “Everybody knows everybody else.”
The pub itself is airy and spacious, with pool tables, darts and plenty of outside smoking room.
Anyone looking to become a local can latch onto the dart and pool teams that congregate there each week.
The Saxon also features a fairly large menu with everything from buffalo wings and BBQ ribs to an excellent fish and chips or gammon steak.
To top it off, the joint has its Sunday roast on Sunday and Thursday night, which has proven popular with customers, Mandy Smith said.
And with signs such as “avoid hangovers, stay drunk” lining the wall behind the bar, customers know they’ve got a welcome spot where they can guiltlessly down a few pints.
Just in case, Billy will be in the corner by the big screen TV, in his dog bed, warily looking out for any odd behavior and being awfully cute in the process.
“According to a quote on the Internet, we have the best pub dog in England,” Paul Smith said.
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If you go
Location: Lynn Road, Weeting, right down the road from Brandon.Drinks: A standard array of pints, spirits and wines.Food: An extensive menu featuring everything from steak and ale pie to buffalo wings and ribs, with most entrees running between 7 and 10 pounds.Entertainment: Occasional live music, quiz nights and dart and pool teams.Clientele: Heavily local, but welcoming nonetheless to outsiders.Hours: Open at noon each day, closing at midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on the weekends.