Meet the Landlord: Andrew Diddines - The Fawcett Inn, Southsea

LANDLORD Andrew Diddines
LANDLORD Andrew Diddines
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MANY pub managers don’t have time to do much else besides keeping their bar up to scratch.

But Andrew Diddines juggles life at The Fawcett Inn with his role as a Scout leader.

Andrew runs 62nd Portsmouth Scout Group, which is based in a hut on the grounds of St Philip’s Church, in Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham.

He said: ‘It’s definitely tough doing both jobs, but I love the satisfaction I get from them. It’s like one extreme to the other.

‘It’s interesting adapting myself between young teenagers and adults.’

Before Andrew took over the pumps at The Fawcett Inn, he worked in the bar at Portsmouth Golf Club, in Crookhorn Lane, Waterlooville.

He said: ‘I’ve worked at many pubs and restaurants as a barman over the years.

‘But I always thought to myself “wouldn’t it be great to run a pub?”.

‘The job came up at The Fawcett Inn and I was offered it, so I decided to take up the challenge.

Andrew, who grew up in Drift Road, Clanfield, added: ‘I’m proud of the fact the pub’s bad reputation is now in the past.

‘I plan on staying here long term because customers need assurance that someone is going to take care of things here.’