THE Wheatsheaf pub in Willingdon is THE place to go for food and drink this year as it is proving so popular.

Landlady Karen Clapton has invested massively into the pub on Church Street and she’s delighted with the outcome.

Now Karen and her warm, friendly team are loving it as so many people are pouring into the pub.

Karen, who has been Landlady since February 2019, said: “The Wheatsheaf is looking absolutely fabulous.

“We have made a vast investment in what we offer and now we are showing off our very best.”

During Lockdown one, Karen ran a Community shop from the pub, mainly consisting of food parcels. They had around 200 regular customers.

She also saw that time as an opportunity to improve The Wheatsheaf – and improve is a total understatement.

A brand-new kitchen was built, new toilets, a revamp of the garden area, new electrics, new plumbing and making sure it was 100 per cent fire compliant.

Karen decided she wanted to make The Wheatsheaf ‘The hub of the village, a welcoming pub with everything you would expect; friendly atmosphere, fantastic food menu with wines, spirits and ales to match’

During Lockdown two, the outside Barn was converted into an amazing dining area for up to 25 people. It’s a beautiful area to dine in.

Plus, more investment was made into expanding the outside area, and a covered shelter beautifully designed with heating.

Since Christmas there has been even more work on the outside area, including new lighting and a fully decked area, and all the floors inside have been re-varnished.

Fresh fruit and herbs are also now grown in the garden, which will be used by the chefs.

The Wheatsheaf can now safely accommodate 120 people outside.

She said:  “The customer service is second to none.

“We have a lovely waitress team, and I could not be prouder of them.

“I also want to say a huge thank you to the locals for their amazing support during this past year.”


2 Church Street, Willingdon

BN20 9HP


01323 502069