PATRICK Noonan had more than a decade’s worth of experience in the pub trade before he took over The Clarence Tavern.
The landlord, who grew up on The Wirral, on Merseyside, ran bars and restaurants in Majorca for 14 years, during which time he met partner Teresa who was holidaying on the Spanish island.
Teresa, from Bereweeke Avenue, Winchester, who previously trained to be an accountant at Eastleigh College, said: ‘My parents had an apartment right above one of Patrick’s pubs. We met by complete chance and my family didn’t know him.
‘At that point I decided to stay in Majorca and help him out.’
In 1998 the couple returned to home soil and saw an advert which was seeking new ownership of The Winchester Arms, in Winchester Road, Buckland.
Although new owners had already been found by the time they applied, they became landlord and landlady of The Clarence Tavern a year later.
The pair have not looked back since they took charge at the pub, which hosts weekly men and women’s darts matches and Wednesday quiz nights led by Les Heyhoe of the Falklands Veterans Foundation.
Patrick said: ‘I loved every second of working abroad and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do it. But I felt that starting up a business back here was the right thing to do. Being in the pub trade is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I love interacting with the public.’