Meet the landlord: Peter Watson of The Artillery Arms

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PETER Watson was better known as a journalist before he took charge at The Artillery Arms.

The 64-year-old, who grew up in Richmond, Greater London, was a BBC World Service reporter for 20 years.

Prior to that he wrote for the Malvern Gazette, in Worcestershire.

And Peter says those long hours in the office have prepared him for life behind the bar. Working in a pub is not that much different to being a journalist,’ he said.

‘You’re constantly working with the public and many different kinds of people.

‘It’s definitely equipped me for this job.

‘You have to adjust how you talk and act to suit everyone.’

Peter, who will celebrate his 65th birthday next Thursday, plans to mark the occasion by sampling ales in pubs out of town. Once a month I normally meet up with a few close friends and we go on the hunt for ales I don’t normally sell in my pub,’ he said.

‘So that’s what I plan on doing next week.

‘We’ll probably have a scout around Emsworth and Chichester.’

Peter’s son Hadley, 34, is a doctor in Australia and his daughter Victoria, 32, manages a showroom for an insulation business in Bristol.

In between running his pub Peter enjoys joining the darts team on their away matches and helping out the pool team if they’re low on numbers.

‘I’m content with life,’ Peter said.

‘I’ve travelled and been to some amazing places. Now I’ve got my feet back on the ground I intend to stick around at The Artillery Arms for quite sometime.