A couple who quit their jobs to open a pub during the Covid-19 pandemic revealed how they managed to swim in Ben Fogel’s New Lives in the Country.
Paul and Tony sold their 322,000 bungalow in Rochester to move to the remote Scottish village of Kilmikel Glassery with their daughter Harriet, where they bought an old and abandoned pub called Horseshoe Inn in 2020.
They pulled out £ 244,000 to buy the establishment, and an additional £ 30,000 to renovate it, finally opening its doors in August 2020, but soon spread overnight by the demand for hundreds of food orders and the technologies involved in pub operation. .
The couple, who will return to Channel 5 at 9pm tomorrow, said they needed to make १ 100,000 to break up after their first year, but they earned three times that amount, despite being closed for several months due to covid. 19 rules applied at that time.
He told Ben that he had gambled big and when the space reopened in July 2021, he hired more staff and a chef to accommodate more orders, and the bet was paid off with an annual turnover of £ 366,000.
Left, Paul and Tony tell Ben Fogel how he sold his बंग 322,000 bungalow in Rochester to move with his daughter Harriet to the remote Scottish village of Kilmichel Glassery, where he bought an old and abandoned pub called Herschu Inn in 2020.
The couple pulled out £ 244,000 to buy the installation, and an additional £ 30,000 to renovate it, finally opening its doors in August 2020, taking only the first drink.
Dissatisfied with their suburban life in Rochester, the couple decided to quit the mouse race.
“It simply came to our notice then. What I was doing, I was enduring, ‘said Paul, who works at a car dealership.
“The biggest outrage for me is the fact that my family, all my time, has been stolen from me,” he added.
One’s father revealed the demands of his role, which meant he was usually working until 7 or 8 p.m., and never saw his wife and daughter.
The couple then said on the Channel 5 program, which returns at 9pm tomorrow, that they need to make £ 100,000 to breakaway after their first year, although, they earned more than triple that amount despite the pub, in the picture, being closed for many. Months due to the Covid-19 rules implemented in time
Tony, meanwhile, also struggled with his 9-to-5 career.
“People get angry at the supermarket, people get angry about the carpark and the traffic,” she said.
After the death of Paul’s mother in 2019, the couple moved to pursue their dreams, saying: ‘If we don’t do it now, we will never do it.’
Although excited about the possibility of running a pub, they were aware that restoring and working on it would be a daunting task.
“It’s a completely foreign existence for us. A couple in their 40s and we only knew one area, we were fish out of water, ‘Paul admitted.
Dissatisfied with their suburban life in Rochester, Tony and Paul decided to quit the mouse race and move to Kilmichael with their daughter Harriet.
£ 30,000 and spent six weeks turning the pub into a home establishment ready to host locals.
But Tony said that despite the demand for repairs, the couple was happy to spend time together.
‘The whole process has been about us spending time together,’ she said.
‘In our previous lives, we were very drawn to time. And although we are super, very busy, it is really good that we are doing it together, ‘he added.
The local population was excited about the pub reopening, but it put a lot of pressure on Paul and Tony to deliver.
“I’m worried we won’t be as good as people expect us to be,” Tony admitted.
And the couple had big goals, as they needed to make समान 100,000 to make the same in their first year, which would translate into a minimum of £ 2,000 a week for survival.
The pub opened its doors in August 2020, but was forced to close in January 2021 for several months due to the Covid-19 rule.
‘It scares me, it’s a lot of money, it’s scary,’ Tony told Ben.
The couple opened the pub in August, with no experience running the pub.
Paul ran the bar with two assistants, while Tony was accused of cooking.
“I like cooking, but doing it in a less experienced commercial kitchen is a very different situation,” she said.
As he prepared to open the pub, it dawned on Tony how much work he and Paul had done.
The couple said the pub’s care tested their relationship and they said ‘more than a head’.
‘It’s a romantic idea, to run a pub. It’s amazing, but it’s harder than I thought. ‘
Ben himself, who met the couple the day before their inauguration, admitted that he was concerned about how long the couple would be able to sustain the energy and adrenaline needed to run this huge undertaking.
After the bills were collected, Paul and Tony were reluctant to hire professionals, such as plumbers or plasterers, because they feared the cost would make them financially disabled.
The pub inauguration was a success, as all the locals came to support the pub, which lasted only two weeks.
Anyway, the following weeks were even more rocking for Tony, who was forced to churn out hundreds of dishes in the kitchen every day.
Initially, Tony arranged to help Anne, an experienced pub worker who owned the inn, and offered to help until the couple found their feet.
After a year of caring for the pub, left-leaning father Paul was determined to find flexibility for work-life balance.
Circumstances took a turn for the worse when Annie stopped confronting Tony herself, the mother of one child admitting that she ‘lost it’ and ‘herself ******.’
The couple, who had to smash all sides to run the pub, became tense for fear of breaking up.
Their personal life was also painful, the couple did not have time to live in their living quarters.
‘We are physically tired, we don’t have the time, we don’t have the money or the inclination to do it,’ he said.
Following the new wave of Kovid-19 cases in October 2020, the couple had to abide by the Scottish government’s health regulations and serve only beverages outside with limited hours to run their food service.
By January 2021, they were forced to close the pub completely for the length of the summer, uncertain whether they would make it financially.
However, as spring began, they were able to reopen, incurring a loss of £ 20,000.
Ben met the couple a year after his 2020 visit to see how they were doing.
He was happy to see ‘fully booked’ at the entrance to the Harshu Inn.
‘What a transformation,’ he told Paul and Tony, to the pub ‘nothing like being comfortable and sitting, used, open.’
By then, the pub had been open for four months and was fully operational.
‘It’s too crowded for one person, so we took the chef on board,’ Paul revealed, ‘it was a little punt when you didn’t have the money.
Turned the pub into a gastropub, serving an improved version of the pub classics.
With the money so tight, they hired a chef to buy themselves some time, planning to maintain the pub.
They decided to expand and hire more staff so that they could enjoy more work-life balance.
“We’re not here to work 50 hours a week,” Tony said.
‘It was like“ have something to give ”. That’s when we found the chef on board, ”he said.
The couple revealed that the pub is now open five days a week, serving 40 covers for lunch and 65 in the evening, with live music and entertainment also available to locals who loved it.
Paul revealed to Ben that in his early days he had hired five people in pubs and another 20 to meet the demand.
The couple’s gambling worked, however, as Paul revealed they were making an annual turnover of £ 366,000, which was three times more than they needed to break.
One’s father said he was “proud, grateful and blessed to some extent.”
He admitted that he and Tony tried to keep the pub floating ‘more than head to toe’.
‘We have argued, we have collected more than the head. At one point it was a matter of “go to the pub or we can go,” he revealed.
‘We closed in January, maybe it was a great blessing for us to take stock, pause, relax Tony,’ he relates.
As the pub was successful, the family was able to make more time for themselves.
‘We’re still stuck in this pub vortex but we’re on the way out to enjoy things like this,’ he said as he took Ben and the family on a boat trip.
“The advantage we have now is that we are in control of our destiny. We can control that flexibility, ‘added Father-of-One.
Ben Fogel’s new Lives in the Country airs on Channel 5 tomorrow at 9 p.m.