Meet the manager: Daniel Dursley of The Golden Hind

IN CHARGE Daniel Dursley who is the manager of the newly refurbished Golden Hind pub in Copnor Road Portsmouth.  Picture: Steve Reid (121965-808)

IN CHARGE Daniel Dursley who is the manager of the newly refurbished Golden Hind pub in Copnor Road Portsmouth. Picture: Steve Reid (121965-808)

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WHEN pub manager Daniel Dursley isn’t working behind the bar of The Golden Hind, he’s busy keeping fit.

The 33-year-old says he enjoys cycling and running in his spare time.

‘I don’t see it as a way of winding down,’ he said.

‘It’s just part of a lifestyle that I’ve chosen to adopt.

It’s important to get that balance between work and leisure time.

‘I make sure that the hours I’m working aren’t too long and I find time to keep active - which is vitally important.

‘I don’t tend to drink in the bar outside of my working hours.’

As manager of The Golden Hind it is the first time that Mr Dursley has worked under Greene King.

Previously he managed pubs with different companies across the country.

In total Mr Dursley has worked in the pub trade for 10 years.

Now the experienced publican’s feet are firmly grounded at the busy Copnor local, which is in the heart of a residential area.

‘I love it here,’ he said.

I have no intentions of going anywhere. I’m working for a great company and every aspect of the job is exciting.

‘No day is the same, you’re always meeting new people and doing different things.

‘I also really love Portsmouth.

‘It’s a great place to live.

‘And the best thing of all is I get to work in a proper locals pub where the environment is always a busy one.

‘You’re constantly interacting with the customers.’

Mr Dursley, who is originally from the West Midlands, went to college there before he embarked on his career in the pub industry.

‘Working in pubs is something I’ve always thought about doing as a career,’ he said.

‘The social aspect of the job was definitely an appealing factor.’

Previous members of staff at The Golden Hind include Sarah Jeram, who worked as an assistant manager there before becoming the landlady of The Portsbridge, in Portsmouth Road, Cosham, last year.

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