Members of the public have been busy paying tribute after the landlord of a popular Leominster pub sadly passed away.
Phil Saxon, long-standing and popular landlord of The Grape Vaults in Leominster, died on 2nd January.
Beer on the Wye posted the following tribute to Phil on Facebook:
It is with a heavy heart that we have to report the very sad news that Phil Saxon, long-standing and popular landlord of The Grape Vaults in Leominster, died on 2nd January. Phil, with his partner Julie, has always been an enthusiastic supporter of good beer and local breweries in his wonderful little gem of a pub, located on the town’s Broad Street. This is a tremendous loss for pub-goers and beer lovers in Leominster. CAMRA sends its condolences to Julie, other family members and his many friends and acquaintances. He will be greatly missed.
Funny, well everything about Phil was funny. He was a spark of the community and the right bloke in the right pub at the right time. To be forever known as Leominster’s Treasure. RIP my dear friend.
Samantha Bowen Smith:
My one memory is how he always made my little girl laugh. Nearly every day we would see him while walking through town and he always had a great big smile on his face. Lovely man who will definitely be missed by all who knew him.
I will always remember him for his array of hats. Most of which he suited but there was one or two. Also the nickname he gave me and how he had to explain who she was and show me a picture (crystal tips). This is what I will miss most when I walk in The Grapes along with his big smile and heart.
We will miss his smiley face round the town, a true Leominster character.
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