Multiple-award winning licensee Keris De Villiers runs two pubs in London’s Wandsworth with her husband Lee, The Pig & Whistle and The Old Sergeant.

 

 

Background music or silence is golden?
There is nothing better that hearing a buzz of chatting and laughter when you walk into a full pub. It creates an amazing atmosphere and if it's busy enough you often can't even hear the music. But when it is quieter it is depressing for there to be just silence – so we will go with background music.

Plate or Slate?

We use both and I think an elegant plate or creative way of serving a meal can really make the dish. Our burgers look great on wooden boards, our steaks on slate and chicken strips in baskets it. It is also a fine line, people go too far and get a little 'too' creative - serving food in a dog bowl or plant pot is too much for us!

Background music or silence is golden?
There is nothing better that hearing a buzz of chatting and laughter when you walk into a full pub. It creates an amazing atmosphere and if it's busy enough you often can't even hear the music. But when it is quieter it is depressing for there to be just silence – so we will go with background music.

Cash or Apple Pay?
The technology we have no just makes life so much easier, we get used to it so quickly. Now when someone doesn't have Apple pay or Contactless you feel like the service is so much slower. We happily prefer cash unless you have contactless.

Packet of scratchings or Michelin Stars?
We sell a wide variety of bar snacks –which include pork scratchings and even Mini Cheddars. We have a few weird and wonderful bar snacks as well – dehydrated bag of Fruit and Veggies, a really healthy option. And we do bags of Bugs from Black Ant and Sago Worms to jack Daniels Locusts and Chilli Crickets! But that doesn't mean there isn't space for a great food menu as well - we great pub food alongside our bar snacks.

On the tab or no credit here?
A pub wouldn't be a pub if you didn't at least have a few regulars, the odd few that prop up the bar usually seven days a week. We would never turn them away if they were a few pounds short this week – so definitely on the tab for us. Of course only for the ones we know and trust

Wear what you like or uniforms for the staff?


We don't like taking away our staff's personality by dictating there entire outfit, so we provide a branded T-shirt that says ' Same shirt, different day' and then encourage them to wear what they want for the rest – if that means loads of earrings and tattoos on show– so be it. Our customers' love that all our team are different and individual

Dogs allowed or the only animals are on the menu?


We welcome dogs with open arms at The Pig & whistle. We have bowls of water and free bonios on hand and we offer a dog menu as well. Our dog menu even features dog beer which is a great seller. Dogs often drag the customers in the pub as they are being taken for a walk and let' face it most dogs are better behaved than humans.