DAVID Harrop is ready to live up to the age-old proverb ‘If at first you don’t succeed’ after taking the reins at Greenfield pub The Clarence.The 23-year-old was previously interested in taking on the pub, at the junction of Chew Valley Road and Manchester Road, but allowed previous owner Jason Worthington to take it on.
Now after it came on the market again, he has finally snapped up the pub and has experience of running The Three Crowns at Scouthead under his belt.
He also admitted Jason had been a big help as he prepares for launch, with a new kitchen being installed and a new menu introduced.
“We did exactly the same thing at The Three Crowns,” said David, who will be running The Clarence with partner Holly Neal, pictured above. “But now I’m a lot more prepared than I was previously.
“Work on the kitchen begins on September 11 and will take about 10 days. We’re looking to open on September 21.
“And we’ve learned a few things since taking on The Three Crowns. Staff is a massive part of any business. You have good staff, you have a good business.
“We’ve got several new members of staff for The Clarence but we’re also going to use a few who were there already.
“And Jason helped me a lot when I started running a pub, so we’re in a great place to take The Clarence on.”
If ‘food miles’ is a growing trend, The Clarence will be leading it when it introduces its new full menu, as well as weekly specials, early bird specials and even them nights, like a steak night and a quiz night.
For David owns a butcher’s business just 300 yards down the road in Greenfield.
He added: “There will be a much bigger grill selection on the menu and the meat will all be coming from the butcher’s shop.
“So there can be no denying its freshness and quality!”