Today we learned the sad news that Sven, manager of the recently re-opened Wheatsheaf, has returned home to his native France. He is unlikely to return. Always the consummate professional, Sven learned his craft running hotels and restaurants as far away as Africa and Afghanistan. The villagers of Titchmarsh must have seemed somewhat less exotic by comparison – or perhaps not! Either way, in just a few short weeks he took our once forgotten village pub and put it back on the map again. We shall miss his wry smile and orderly ways – but our loss is someone else’s gain.
Au revoir, Sven. Come back and see us soon.