EXHAUSTED landlord Nick Thompson couldn’t believe how popular his pub was on opening night, with hundreds turning out for the pub’s reopening and queues four-deep at the bar.
The ex-Ivy House manager said he hadn’t expected such a reaction, especially from the students and young professionals who live in the surrounding area.
“From about 15 minutes after owe opened, we were absolutely rammed.”
“We’ve sold more of literally everything than we planned to – cask, keg, bottles, spirits, you name it.”
Despite minimal marketing, the pub, which has undergone a £500,000, six week refurbishment, took more than treble its expected takings on the first night.
“Even the insanely strong stuff, which we only sell in thirds & schooners, has gone well,” said Nick.
“The most popular drinks were probably the cask range and Brooklyn and Vedett Lagers.”
Firkins of Mordue IPA, Redwillow Mirthless and Alechemy Rye-oh-Rye all sold out within four hours, while demand for burgers and handmade pizzas kept the kitchen busy.
Despite continually running out of glasses and change, and having to cope without card machines, the staff “were overwhelmed a bit,” but “coped admirably in the face of adversity,” Nick said.
“Everyone got stuck in, and I’m happy with everyone.”