Twenty eight years ago this Ripley St Thomas girl ran away to the bright lights of London and never thought she would be back in her home town running an independent business like The Study Room.
Running my bar has brought me so much joy and it’s been a pleasure to meet so many new customers who tell me they love what we have done with the old Nags Head. Some have said we’ve brought a little bit of Manchester to Lancaster. I find myself enjoying being at work more than I have in years and I think that living in the city centre and having such a diverse group of neighbours who I see most mornings from the hairdressers, solicitors to all the other bar/restaurant staff putting out pavement furniture.
One of the things that has brought us great pleasure here has been employing local people for the bar and kitchen who are never without a new idea or promotion. We have tried to use as many local businesses as possible from Burt’s Butchers, Atkinson’s Coffee, Funky Beers, Lancaster and Old School Brewery and also local entertainers. It’s important everyone tries to support as many local business as possible, it’s just basic maths the more we put into our local economy the more that it will get spent locally. Sometimes we have to shout loud to make ourselves heard and I believe as a community of bar, pub, club and restaurant operators we can make some positive changes to the nightlife in Lancaster. How about a vintage or soul weekend or a carnival or a weekend celebrating the castle?
I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing and passionate people who really are making a difference to the night time economy. Ben Ruth with the music festival in October, what a weekend that was, and the Northern City of Ale put together by Tim Tomlinson who is championing ale.
I believe every bar and pub that serves ale was involved in this and believe it will only get bigger and better.