Forthcoming Events - Life is one long event full of fun and frolics.
Welcome to 2019, and hopefully you are still awake! Thank you for looking up our little pub in middle earth, if you are looking for the first time; Welcome to the mad house, and for returning, thank you again for all the support over the years!
If 2018 had been a balance sheet I am not sure if it would have been in profit or loss, a hard year personally but we have survived another year as a business which is a definite positive because three around us have for the moment been lost, hopefully there are some crazy pub loving idiots like me that will want to get in and made them thriving businesses again.
Last year was another great year (except for November), the sun shone for so much of it and the garden actually got some use, we continue to grow and I am very grateful for all the support that everybody gives, from the casual drinker to the frequent diner, to all the quizzers and to my hardy late night drinkers who I always worry about when they have a night off and haven't warned me. It might be 30 years in catering and 14 at The Yew Tree but I always want to continue to improve and better my product, so if you do have any ideas that might make the pub better for you, please do feel free to share them with me, the day we stop learning is a sad day.
To keep you updated on past members of staff who all remain important in the pub family, Olly got into the army, and had been doing brilliantly until a nasty ankle injury, but the news is getting better, he is to return soon and become that action man he always wanted to be, so fingers crossed no more injuries. Hannah continues to flourish with BA and is literally seeing the world, love catching up with all her stunning photos (of the world that is!!), Jack has finally started selling cars and by all accounts is doing well, I am still amazed that he is getting to work on time (never managed to here, or if he did he wasn't dressed or needed milk for breakfast). Becky 'hooters' Houghton went to live up north with her lovely Rob and is studying to be an accountant and for the record will be the most gorgeous one ever!!! All past and present remain close to my heart for helping me along the way, without them the journey wouldn't have been half as much fun.
Alfie, my first born, has come to work at the pub and I have enjoyed his company on a more full time basis albeit working, but still having lots of hugs, (he is a bit of a wet bag) but I love him and his sister lots and lots like jelly tots. We went to a couple of concerts together; Feeder, which was a blast from the past, up the front and still totally blown away with Grant's songwriting skill, we had some real father-son moments, all very emotional for me (and I call him the wet bag, he didn't fall far from the parent tree). Then I took him and Jack to see my new fave band The Sherlocks in a tiny venue in Southampton, I lived out my youth in them that night, both got bevvied up and we all jumped around like young idiots, except they don't need an excuse, if you get the chance go and see them (The Sherlocks, not Alfie & Jack!) or just listen to the album, totally brilliant.
As always I couldn't do this without the support of Julia my gorgeous wife (and she thought it would be fun being married to a publican! After seven years, she can put any other prospective publican widows straight!), and of course my fabulous kids who keep me striving to do better and be a good Daddy (still trying). Live life to the full and never stop enjoying yourself as we only get one go at it.