THE FIRST TEAM
Joe is our first Welsh member of staff, born and bred in Cardiff. Like every Welshman he is immensely proud of being Welsh so is great at selling our Welsh products.
Joe has a lovely smile but he doesn't use it enough because he is quite shy. An ardent supporter of rugby (of course), he is also a big fan of Formula One. He loves pubs with no music or low volume music as he believes in going to the pub to talk. He studied Video Photography at uni and likes working nights so that he can dedicate days to his photography and making short videos. In the 15 years I've owned OCH I have never had anyone come for their trial shifts with a notebook in hand!
You'll know when Tom's working as it's a bit like having a storm inside the pub. Not only does he move quickly Tom thrives on the busy nights and has handled many on his own. He is charming and always smiling.
I am also trying to convince our first Belgian/German barman, Victor, to entertain us with some live music one night on both the piano and guitar. He endeared himself to me in his interview when Victor told me he was already a customer and I could tell from his enthusiasm that he genuinely loved the pub. He said it was a cross between an English pub and a Belgium bar.
When I first entered the 'world of pubs' there were many Irish landlords and landladies in London pubs. Then drinking pubs lost their popularity and pubs became more like restaurants and a lot of the Irish moved on. Soon Shaun, our Irish recruit, will also move on. Not to Ireland but back to Australia where he has made his home. But for now we can all enjoy his Irish friendliness.