Landlady of Wheatsheaf pub in Bishop's Stortford set to quit after six years when lease runs out in 2023
The landlady of a Bishop's Stortford pub has announced she will quit when her lease runs out next year.
Michelle Brace arrived at The Wheatsheaf in Northgate End in 2016 with "a baby in arms and another one on the way", but when the lease expires in March 2023 she will be moving on to pastures new.
In a post on her Facebook page the Business Personality winner at our Indie community awards in 2021said she wanted to devote more time to her "gorgeous, smart, incredible" young sons Felix and Noah.
"Family always comes first for me and they now need me home in the evenings to be with them," said Michelle.
"Although this makes me quite emotional and it will be the end of an era for me at The Wheatsheaf pub, I’m also trying to look at this as a huge opportunity to make the most out of the time we have there.
"This has been, and will be for the next 11 months, a community asset and charity focused."
Michelle has earned praise for turning the pub into a popular community hub, holding charity events and during the Covid-19 lockdowns ensuring vulnerable residents did not go without a meal.
She endured a battle with East Herts Council after a noise abatement orderwas placed on the pub in August 2018 after a neighbour complained about "raised voices, shouting or singing from within the premises". A petition attracted almost 2,000 signatures as regulars stood by Michelle.
She added: "If you have a charity event in mind – whether that be a quiz, race night, community fayre, a start or finish place of a bike meet, charity walk – please get in touch.
"We have a wonderful [Queen's Platinum] Jubilee weekend lined up where we will be teaming up with Isabel Hospice and we have seven quiz nights lined up too.
"Help us help you – 11 months and counting. Let’s get those charity nights rolling!"