Meet the manager: Kirstie Craig of The Plough and Barleycorn, Cowplain

SMILES Regular Dave Simpson with Kirstie Craig, the assistant manager  Picture: Paul Jacobs (121692-3)
SMILES Regular Dave Simpson with Kirstie Craig, the assistant manager Picture: Paul Jacobs (121692-3)
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FOOTBALL-mad Kirstie Craig dreams of opening up her own sports bar one day.

But until then she enjoys working as part of the team at The Plough and Barleycorn.

Kirstie, who grew up in Southsea, has been working in the pub trade since she was 18.

She worked for different pubs across the country before becoming the assistant manager at The Red Lion Hotel, in London Road, Cosham.

She has now found her feet at the Cowplain local, where she has worked for the last two years.

Manager Jody Rosenthal, who is originally from America, hired Kirstie a few months after he took charge of the pub.

Kirstie then moved to Cowplain so she could be closer to work.

She said: ‘Working in a pub doesn’t give you much time to think about taking up a hobby. I go to work and take my dog Roxy for a walk and that’s about it. ‘But I’m mad on sports and my favourite football team is Manchester United.

‘One day it would be great to run my own sports bar because sport is a passion of mine.

‘I absolutely love it at this pub. The pub trade isn’t looking too great at the moment but it’s nice to be part of something that’s doing so well.

‘The pub just keeps getting better and better and we’re always thinking of new ways to get the community involved.’

On top of its charity boxing match and Jubilee celebrations, the pub is also looking to hold a Caribbean-themed night and a junior olympics event in July.

‘It’s exciting thinking about all the things we’ve got lined up this summer,’ Kirstie said.