LANDLORD Ian Durrant knows a thing or two about running a pub.
The 42-year-old, who grew up in Widley Road, Stamshaw, has worked in 20 boozers across the south coast in the space of 20 years.
Ian began his career as the assistant manager at The Clarence Gardens, in North End, Portsmouth.
He then covered managerial duties at a Hogshead pub, in Brighton, whilst the owner was away.
Ian experienced life in the owner’s boots for the first time at The Kings Head Hotel, in High Street, Rochester, before moving to a Hogshead in the capital.
He then took a break from the industry and continued life for a brief time on foreign shores.
Ian said: ‘I fell in love with someone who lived in Poland so I decided to try out life over there.
‘I taught English for a while and I really enjoyed the time away from the pub trade.
After splitting with his partner and discovering his grandfather Clifford Durrant was ill back in England, he decided to return home.
‘I began working in pubs again,’ he said.
‘It lures you back. You miss the atmosphere, the characters and all the camaraderie that comes with it all.’
Ian, who leads a team of six barmaids and two chefs, now has his feet firmly on the ground.
‘I don’t intend to leave The Red Lion Hotel any time soon,’ he said. ‘I love it here. It’s my home now.
‘The industry isn’t what it used to be but I try to work hard and challenge myself every day.’