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About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...

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History

Here is little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth read.

Read on...

The land on which the Bailiwick stands was originally part of Wick Common, but was taken by encroachment at the end of the 1790's by the simple method of "build your house and have a fire going within 24 hours", which gave you full rights to remain there.

The original building was a bungalow built by John Cheeseman at that time, but this was replaced in 1877 with the building that stands now, which was a house with a shop, built by john Cheeseman's grandson, Robert George Cheeseman.

The photograph on the right of the front door as you enter was taken in about 1907, and features Mrs Frances Cheeseman, wife of William Cheeseman. He took over the shop, general store and beer house from his father and ran it until his death in 1944, helped by his daughter Frances, the little girl in the photograph, the eldest of his 4 children.

During the war, these was much activity in the area to support the war effort. Smith's Lawn was used for the assembly of, for example, high altitude Wellington bombers.

There were two brick hangers, one situated near the road that comes in from Cheeseman's Gate, where fuselage sections were built. During the war, 64 Wellington Mk VIs were assembled on Smith's Lawn and some aircraft were modified to carry an airborne lifeboat quite possibly tested on Virginia Water which still had some water in it. Two examples of this lifeboat, that would be dropped to ditched airmen, remain at Brooklands to this day.

For most of the war, this whole area, including Virginia Water, was closed to the public although young lads sometimes sneaked through the surrounding woods to watch what was going on.

On one occasion an air battle took place overhead resulting in a German Messerschmitt ME 109 crashing in the Cavalry Exercise Ground. Amazingly the pilot was thrown clear of the aircraft and walked away almost completely unhurt, and was taken prisoner by a passing Hurricane pilot from the New Zealand Air Force, Frank S T Dill, DSC, who was subsequently promoted to Air Commodore, became an MP in the New Zealand parliament, Minister of Defence and New Zealand ambassador to the USA.

Windsor resident Mr A A Newport, when a small boy, recalls seeing the plane come down. He writes: "It landed between poles about 30 feet on the west side of the road, facing east." The poles were designed to seriously damage any aircraft that attempted to land and succeeded in ripping off the wing tips and causing it to somersault at which point the pilot was thrown clear.

The wreckage of the crashed Messerschmitt was put on display, and people were charged a shilling to view it, with the proceeds going to a war charity.

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If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...


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Front of house

Claudette Thake

Manager

Claudette has spent a few years honing her craft in the bars and restaurants in her home town Tunbridge Wells. She was previously the Deputy Manager at The Nevill Crest and Gun but has now moved on to pastures new here at The Bailiwick. Away from work she loves to go on holiday and is a big fan of the USA! She is a HUGE fan of the TV show Friends, loves anything to do with Christmas and an avid skier (well tries to be!). She is also a proud mother of two cats.

Sophie Lock

Bar/Waiting Staff

Sophie is a local student who has been with us for well over two years now. She is an avid reader (as per her degree in English Literature), a gin-lover, an occasional radio presenter, and boasts excellent photobombing skills.

Evan Cowen

Bar/Waiting Staff

Everyone's favourite Harry Potter lookalike Evan is another local student, this time studying Modern History. He brings a wealth of dad jokes, well-timed puns, and a wit drier than our Colombard Sauvignon to the Front of House role!

James Emmett

Bar/Waiting Staff

Barman James has a swift wit and an intellectual mind, backed up by his degree in Law. His admiration for the finer things in life carries over into his music tastes – if you ever hear the strains of Classical music when you're in for your morning coffee, he's probably the one working. He also enjoys going to the gym every day, though he much prefers Childish Gambino to Chopin when he's lifting weights.

Charlie Jackson

Bar/Waiting Staff

Charlie's another local student who's been with us for some time, albeit with an extended international break! A Music and German undergraduate, he took a year out to study in Regensburg before returning to us and his own university. Naturally, he's well versed in the finest German beers as a result! He's also a talented musician with multiple gigs under his belt.



Kitchen

Peter Dulovic

Sous Chef

Peter has been with us for many years. He is an extremely hard worker and a perfectionist when it comes to his dishes. An adrenalin junky, he often boasts having survived five extreme rides at Thorpe Park. Big man.

Satnam Singh

Kitchen Assistant

Sat, our elusive Head KP declined to be photographed. Not because he's shy, but because he's a bit of a celebrity. He boasts having once won 2nd place for KP Of The Year, which is more than any of the rest of us can say. When he's not keeping the kitchen spick and span, he likes nothing more than relaxing at home with a nice cold beer, before his wife tells him off.


Give us a call if you're bringing your four legged friend

Please use this calendar to book a table. However unfortunately we can't guarantee all tables are dog friendly so if you're planning on bringing your four legged friend, please give us a call and we'll be happy to take your booking over the phone.

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Book online

Use the calendar to book a table. If the time you're after is not available, give us a call and we will try our best to fit you in. We keep some tables for phone bookings.

We don't reserve any of our outside tables so if you enjoy a little alfresco dining these are first come first serve.

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