New Year, New Career for our licensee at the Blue Bell, Washington

New Year, New Career for our licensee at the Blue Bell, Washington

It’s a new year and new career for 42-year-old mother of three, Lisa Dorman, who has decided to follow a lifelong dream to run a pub of her own.  And not just any pub, the pub she has been going to since she was 18 years old.

“I was ready for a career change,” says Lisa.  “So, when the opportunity arose to take on the pub down the road that I have always loved, it was too good an opportunity to miss. I worked in pubs 20 years ago, and have been in the building trade for 19 years where I was the MD of a building company.  It’s one thing working in a bar, however, and another taking it on.  There is a lot more to running a pub than people realise.”

Prior to taking on the pub Lisa went on a five-day induction course run by Star Pubs & Bars for new licensees to help her learn the key elements of running your own pub. All staff have also been trained to serve the perfect pint and the latest beer dispense technology, the HEINEKEN Smart Dispense system, which produces consistent superior quality draught beer and cider, is being installed.

Lisa moved into the pub with her husband and two of their children on Thursday and is already introducing changes designed to broaden the pub’s appeal.  Sky Sports has been installed so customers watch live sport and, in February, Lisa is going to offer breakfasts from 8.30 am to 11.30 a.m. Monday to Saturday and 8.30 to 10.30 a.m. on Sunday.  Fresh coffee and snacks will also be available all day and customers can benefit from free wi-fi.

“It’s a new era for the pub,” added Lisa.  “It will continue to be a family friendly pub serving traditional pub food but will be more lively with something different happening every day.  I’ve lived around here all my life and am well known as I am a youth football coach and on the management committee of the local football club.  I know what people want.  People no longer need to go into Washington to have breakfast or a decent cup of coffee.  It’ll be on their doorstep. 

“We’re looking for locals to join a dominoes team which will play on Mondays.  There’ll be free pool on Tuesday, a quiz on Wednesday; special offers on Thursday and Fizz Friday deals on proseccos and cocktails.  On Saturdays, we’ll host live bands and on Sunday’s we’ll be serving traditional Sunday roasts and hold family fun days with Bingo and games for kids after 5pm.”

The dog-loving Lisa is also welcoming local four legged friends of well-behaved customers, providing water bowls and dog treats.

Lisa will be creating two new jobs as result of the changes she is making. Her husband Barrie, who works as a senior logistics co-ordinator at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead will also help.