There are many
reasons why The George in Desborough - a proper, traditional little pub in the
centre of this small Northamptonshire town -
is thriving but perhaps the most important is the woman in charge, the
woman who runs it and makes it all tick: Janice Flynn.
“Aw, I’m not
sure I’ve got much of a story to tell you,” says Janice, sitting outside The
George and puffing on a cigarette, as she unfurls a story which sounds like a
novel waiting to be written.
Janice has been
in charge of The George since September 2012. She’d worked in pubs all of her
life. She never dreamt that, one day, she’d be the one in charge - the
landlady, the name above the door. In those six years, trade has tripled at The
George. Business is good and the pub is once more at the beating heart of this
community and everyone - Janice, the regulars, Everards - is smiling.
Speak to the
locals and they’ll tell you it’s down to Janice. Janice, though, doesn’t agree. “It’s not about
me,” she says, “It’s about my staff and my customers. They’re all brilliant.”
And while that
may be true - her staff are brilliant and loyal and many of them have been with
her since Janice started in pubs 30 years ago - the pub is what it is because
it is made in Janice’s image.