It’s been something of a sizeable lifestyle change for Justin Bowles and Wayne Robinson, the new Business Owners at The Queen’s Head in picturesque Little Eaton, Derbyshire.
The couple moved into this impressive-looking, old village hostelry in May 2019. “We’d never heard of the pub or the village,” says Wayne, who was previously a music teacher.
“But we came up to see the pub, looked round, had a meal and saw so much potential. We knew, pretty much, what we wanted to do here, to make it successful.”
While Wayne’s background is musical, Justin has spent most of his working life running pubs and restaurants. Justin has run pubs and restaurants all over the Midlands. Big pubs. Small pubs. Chain restaurants. Huge wedding venues. All sorts and sizes. But he was always answering to someone else.
Not now. Now the name above the door is his and Wayne’s. The buck stops here. It is both thrilling - and just a little bit nerve-wracking. “But we were ready for it,” says Justin, “I’ve spent my working life in hospitality - but my dream was always that, one day, I’d run my own pub."
We only contacted one company, we didn’t look anywhere else. I’d worked in a good Everards pub and I knew how supportive and friendly they were and we wanted a company that matched our ambitions.