Last summer, Dan Cramp, assisted by his two business partners, finally realised his dream of opening his own pub, The Three Crowns, in the idyllic Leicestershire village of Wymeswold.
The tide maybe turning on the Great British Pub, as switched on managers, the campaign for real ale and enlightened councils are helping to safeguard the future of the much loved local.
Norwich City might be the archetypal yo-yo club – in the Premier League one season, relegated the next – but Norwich city centre bar The Murderers firmly resides at the top table of sports pubs in the UK.
Sporting clichés being what they are, April and May are always regarded as the business end of a season. It’s when heroes are made, legacies are written and drama is the name of the game.
It’s not often that a Manchester bar chain gets compared to arguably the world’s greatest football team, FC Barcelona.