Making No Bones About Being a Pub Landlord
There is far more to running a pub than chatting with the locals and pulling an occasional pint. With notoriously long hours, a determination for your business is a necessary requirement for a landlord’s business success.
So, in one of Britain’s best known industries, how does a pub landlord respond to customers’ needs other than pool, darts and big screen sports to create a successful business?
Eve Quinn and Alex Rutherford-Doak have managed to do exactly that at their Lincoln pub The Dog & Bone.
A country pub in a city, real ale, locally sourced food, beer garden, coal fire and traditional pub games instead of TV, pool table, and juke box or games machine.
In our view, even without brilliant offerings such as live music, arts exhibitions, an artist in residence, poetry nights, and events such as Summer and Winter Beer Festivals complementing their cask ales and menu, but purely because they have a book-swap facility, they’re probably the best in the world (as a certain larger brand might announce) and most deservedly winners of their many Awards.
In the Nursery rhyme of Old Mother Hubbard, reference to the cupboard being bare and her dog going without a bone could, it is said, be referring to poverty at the time. We don’t think Eve and Alex, as landlords will ever have to sound like OM Hubbard as their cupboard is well and truly stocked with Outside the Box ideas and proving that traditional doesn’t have to be boring.
With a Knick-Knack Paddywhack, give your dog a bone. This old man would come rolling home very happily from such a place and can’t wait for them to roll out into other counties.
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