HAVING worked his way up from the bottom, Adi Manning has travelled the world for his job.
He started as a waiter at the age of 18 in a five-star restaurant at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay before leaving to take up a job as a waiter on the QE2.
He then worked in Grosvenor House, in Park Lane, London, before spending 10 years working as a bouncer on the doors of Guildhall Walk, in Portsmouth city centre.
Adi then opted for pulling pints behind the bar in Wetherspoon’s Isambard Kingdom Brunel and it wasn’t long before the Milton resident was accepted on to the company’s management training scheme.
And five years ago he finally got his own pub, taking the role of general manager in Cosham’s First Post, before moving to the Good Companion around two years ago.
The 42-year-old said: ‘It’s taken me a long time to get here and I’ve worked my way up from the bottom but now I love having a pub that I can inject my own personality into and make it my own.
‘It’s surprisingly big in here, but it’s great fun to work in when it’s busy, especially when there’s a DJ or karaoke on, because everyone really gets into it.
‘The customers who come in here are all really nice and we enjoy having a laugh with them.’
Since taking over the popular pub, Adi has taken on an active role within the community.
When neighbouring elderly residents of nearby nursing homes were snowed in during the heavy snowfall in December, he cooked their Christmas dinners and took them over to the homes.
He added: ‘I couldn’t just leave them without their Christmas dinners!’