The Castle

A 'warts & all' account of the transformation of a run-down pub in Bradford-On-Avon into a 'proper' Inn (food pub with rooms). Written by Alex Reilley & Pierre Woodford

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Northern investor

I call Pierre - he's interested & agrees to come down. Ironically we have some friends, Lee & his wife Sarah, from Lancashire staying at the time . Lee's an old mate that Jake & I met in a bar on the Greek party island of Ios back in 1993. We instantly forged a great friendship in those hazy days of flaming Lamborghini's, melon bombs, & Kandy shots & in the years since we've got together every 6 months or so for a weekend of good food & heavy drinking. Lee's business is manufacturing & he's often given the impression he'd be interested in investing in a restaurant/bar/pub project.

Over the weekend our talk/excitement of taking on a pub with rooms seems to rub off on Lee & he slips it into conversation that, should an opportunity arise, he'd love to get involved - "Just a friendly 10%" he says. Why not - we agree to talk over the coming week.


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