August 20, 2015 The Foresters

Father and Son Celebrate 30 Years Serving the Locals

The Foresters’ landlord and his Dad have recently celebrated a combined 30 years as publications serving the Hampton Wick and Teddington areas.

Thomas Furber, landlord of Hampton Wick pub-restaurant, The Foresters, recently celebrated 10th Anniversary alongside proud Dad and former landlord of The Lion, Bobby Furber.

Foresters landlord Thomas Furber celebrating at 10th Anniversary party

Together, father and son share a total of 30 years serving punters in both Teddington and Hampton Wick. Furber was proprietor of The Lion in Wick Road from 1979 – 1997 before he called time and moved to Spain to retire.

Son, Thomas learned the tricks of the trade under the supervision of his Dad before flying the nest to work as a Combat Chef in the army. He later worked in various bars and pubs in the West End and Mayfair before he eventually had his name put above the door of The Foresters in 2005.

Pub’s are also in the blood for sister, Jayne Philpot who is Restaurant Manager for The Foresters, which has won the Time & Leisure Food & Drink Award for ‘Best Pub’ three years in a row.

Delighted Dad, Bobby, who travelled from Spain especially, commented on this landmark occasion: “I know from experience the pressure that pub landlords are under; with pubs closing across the UK every single day, The Foresters 10 Year Anniversary is a true achievement and I’m thrilled to be a part of the celebration. Thomas has done us proud”.     

The celebration was marked with a 10th Anniversary party at the pub which played host to burlesque dancers, local musicians and a casino. Festivities also spilled over into The Hampton Wick Festival; a much anticipated annual event in the local calendar which The Foresters has played a large role in over the years.  

Thomas and Bobby Furber  Hampton Wick Pub Landlords

A couple of old crocs! Thomas and Bobby Furber on the other side of the bar