Bloomfield takes on Old Windsor pub

THE former Middlesex and Berkshire seam bowler Tim Bloomfield has become landlord of the Union Inn at Old Windsor and is welcoming county members with a heavy discount.

Bloomfield, 36, has refurbished this well known local inn, with its Copper Pot restaurant. He said: “After acquiring the business in its rustic state in late 2008, it was important that we enabled the Inn to retain much of its original rural features, but with the modern sophistications and contemporary soft furnishing of a thriving city establishment – a bit like Lord’s some might say.”

Former cricketers becoming landlords used to be more common than it is these days. Jim Love, of Yorkshire and England, springs to mind — he took on the White Swan, with an excellent eaterie at Wighill, near Tadcaster.

There is no sporting theme in the Union Inn bar, as the strategy was to broaden the place’s appeal. The Union Inn received a four-star rating from the English Tourist Board within a year, which Bloomfield regarded as a “huge achievement”. But to the bottom line… on the county website he is offering all Middlesex members a 20 per cent discount on food and accomodation on production of a valid membership card.

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