I wouldn’t have thought it possible to pack so much into 15 months. 15 months ago, that is.
My time in the Schooner has been incredible. So much stress in the early days, but so much fun too. The hours/days/weeks were long, but the experience was like nothing I’d known before. I don’t regret it for a second; I’ve learned so much.
A huge thanks to my former partners. We went into this as friends and came out the same. No, we’re more than friends after everything we’ve been through.
I’m now going to do some work on our long neglected house, while researching the next venture.
I could never have imagined that retirement could be so crazy.
Well, I’ve just two more days as a part owner of the Schooner.
I’d not planned on getting into the pub business; it wasn’t a spur of the moment thing, but it wasn’t too far away from that.
I don’t regret my time with the pub, even though the early days were tough. I’ve become part of the fabric of the place and I’ll give up my time to help whenever and if ever I’m needed. I want the pub to succeed and I’m sure it will.
I’ve learned so much in such a short time; from Paul (basically everything) and Phil (everything to do with ale) in terms of managing a pub, but from Stew and Steve in running the bar (and top level customer service). And the rest of the team (too many to mention); I’ll miss them all.
The pub had inherited the second best bar in Gateshead strapline, but it’s easily the best.
I might be leaving, but a piece of me will be in the Schooner forever. I’ve so many life changing memories.
It’s a fantastic pub, with a lovely bunch of people. I shall be a loyal customer when COVID-19 regulations allow such things.
Meanwhile, I’ve work to do in the house and a new venture to plan.