WHEN Georgie Cross and her husband Kevin took over the Golden Bowler in 2005 it was very much a case of keeping it in the family.
Her parents Noel and Mary Pearce had owned the pub since 1980 and Georgie, now 42, had grown up around the Stubbington Lane pub.
‘We lived over in Peel Common so I was a little bit sheltered from the pub to a degree at first, but I had my first job here.
‘As a kid it felt like mum and dad just had a lot of parties all the time.’
She and Kevin, 49, had both been involved in electronic engineering when they met and had pursued other careers as well before the pub trade came calling.
Kevin said: ‘In about 2004 we were looking to buy our own business, and whilst we were searching for an opportunity in the south west, one thing led to another through conversations with Georgie’s parents.
‘They were looking to get out, so we decided to buy in and give it a go, and see how it worked out.’
The couple now live above the pub with their children.
And the Pearces haven’t gone far in their retirement – they live in a bungalow in the grounds of the pub.
‘I’ve grown up knowing lots and lots of people because of this pub,’ Georgie added. ‘And many of them are still coming here.’