I worked in busy bars and restaurants in the real world for over fifteen years and managed a West End nightclub at the end of the eighties.
I then became a landscaper. I studied and worked hard. I designed and built over fifty gardens mostly in the home counties and London. I worked with John Brookes, Geoff Hamilton and Dan Pearson among others. Was deputy editor of The Garden Design Journal for a couple of years. I interviewed Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, whom you've never heard of, not long before he died. He was one of my gurus.
The Sun and Doves is 'my' pub (it's actually owned by a totally disinterested RBS and 'operated' by a bunch of hands off S&N/Heineken employees who I'm TIED to), The successes of The Sun and Doves are ENTIRELY the result of my vision, my investment and my hard work. The pubcos have only ever hindered progress. They are blind and stupid as far as operation is concerned.
Hard work includes bringing other people along with you and I have some great people running my pub for me. This allows me time to work on other things as well as doing sixty hours or so a week for the pub and having a family life which makes some kind of sense.
I'm a founder member of The Fair Pint Campaign
I set up SE5 Forum for Camberwell to represent the under valued part of London where I live and work with a £5K grant from UnLtd: www.se5forum.org
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