We have decided to write about our days and nights owning a country pub in the heart of the beautiful village we have lived in for over 20 years. We intend to have posts from all members of the team to give you an insight on what being a member of a tightknit squad is like.
If you read this - We hope you enjoy it and that occasionally it either gives you food for thought, makes you laugh or even want to run a pub yourself (or not - more likely!!).
A little about me first – I’ve worked at The Plough Hotel since I was 18. I always knew that being a publican was what I desired to do since the age of 14.
I took around 18 months out when I had my stunning little son Mark-Antony in 2009, who now can often be found delivering a plate or two to the dining room or raking the freezer for ice cream. Then after a long hop, skip and a jump we owned The Plough Hotel through private sale.
I run everything “bar” at The Plough Hotel, from cleaning lines to ordering stock and generally having a chin wag with customers old and new, I am behind the bar 6 days a week and always on call when I am out of it. I also do the housekeeping 6 mornings a week and chef on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
But it's not just me of course - there is my gorgeous Mum, Sandi, who will undoubtedly be blogging very soon! She ran The Romany House as a bed and breakfast for many years before moving to Sydney, Australia to run the animal welfare league there. She had never poured a pint before we bought The Plough Hotel but now she is an expert and loved by all our regulars.
My handsome husband, Jonathan can also be found serving behind the bar, he too had no experience – However, now he is a heavy goods vehicle technician by day and bar man by night!
All together our family and team make a pretty good clan!
So as the weeks go on - sit back and enjoy our ramblings. I hope you'll come to see the hard work that goes into running a hotel to let you enjoy your time to relax.
And with that - its last orders at the bar Ladies & Gents........... Last orders!! (for today at least).