Everyone who came was given a free glass of Prosecco. It cost the couple a small fortune - but it was a vital bit of easy PR.
“It worked,” says Wayne. People not only got a glimpse of the new-look pub - they got to meet Justin and Wayne, and see what they were about and what they wanted to do to the pub.
The pub has been swiftly revamped. New fixtures. New furniture. A lick of paint. New lights. Fresh flowers everyday. It’s brighter, cleaner, more welcoming - and this is just the start, says Wayne.
“We want to do so much more,” he says. “And we will do. The changes will be gradual, at first - but we’re already looking at more ambitious plans to make the pub better.”
The menu has been re-thought and overhauled. Good, freshly made and reasonably priced food is an important factor at the new-look Queen’s Head. “We brought a new chef with us, who is a brilliant and original cook,” says Justin. “The food offer here now is much better than it was - but that’s what people said they wanted.”
Is it what they expected it to be? Yes, they both agree.
“There are all sorts of positives and negatives about running your own pub,” says Justin. “It’s a relentless working life. The pub, the business, the customers - they become your life. It’s all encompassing, you have to get used to that.
But it’s different every day. And the people make it what it is. We hadn’t been here very long and one of the old customers came to me and said: ‘Thank you,’ and I said: ‘What are you thanking me for?’ ‘For giving us our pub back,’ he said. "And that,” smiles Justin, “well, that just makes it all worthwhile. That’s what we do it for.”