Paul was going through a ‘mid-life crisis’ as he calls it, doing lots of hours and lots of travelling, all for someone else and he was fed up.
“I came home one night and said to Lisa, I just can’t do this anymore. Lisa sent me to the pub where I met up with some friends. We chatted about how I was feeling, and it was suggested by a few that hospitality would suit me as a career, it wasn’t something I had actually considered before” says Paul.
That night Lisa went to see her sister Kerry who was running her own pub with Everards at the time and they chatted. By the time she’d got back and talked to Paul, they’d decided that they could do it too, ”We wanted to run a pub. We wanted that independent feeling of being your own boss and doing what you wanted to and most importantly getting back what you put in.” says Paul.
They knew they wanted to go with Everards, Lisa had worked in Everards pubs all her life, they drank in Everards pubs and Lisa’s sister had been through the process with Everards. So, who they would run a pub with was never in question. They just wanted a small community pub that was drinks led not food led that they could make their home.
“I fell in love with this pub straight away, even though we’d been focusing on another Everards pub, that went out the window when we walked through this door” says Lisa.
Paul with his commercial background knew there was more to pub business than pulling a good pint, “We took advantage of everything that Everards offered us before we took the pub on, including a ‘what’s it like’ night and a ‘try before you buy’ weekend. Everards were very thorough, they really wanted to get to know us and help determine if this was the right choice for all of us."
"I used to sell lighting, now my pub lights up the community." Paul,
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