I’ve been working in bars and restaurants for over 20 years now. I started out at the Tea Rooms Des Artiste in Clapham in 1990 and worked there for 4 years. They were great times and it was the most informative introduction to the big city.
In 1995 I started my own business. I took a rundown pub on the corner of Coldharbour lane in Brixton and after a three-month refurbishment the Dogstar was born. The Dogstar was an instant hit with the local Brixton crowd and became an institution for clubbers all across the city This was a great adventure and a steep learning curve, which gave me invaluable experience. It was full of amazing stories and great characters; I never go too far without being reminded of these times. In 2002 after seven years on the frontline social strip and many late nights I took a break from running bars. In 2006 I had yearnings to run a pub again and I took a lease at The Half Moon Pub in Herne Hill. The pub had been neglected for some years and was in need of some love and a bit of a polish. We introduced a kitchen where we produced traditional Italian Pizza, great homemade Burgers and Sunday roasts. We seemed to do it very well too, given the amount of positive reviews we received here online. I left the Half Moon in March 2013 to pursue new ventures. This blog is where I write about day-to-day life in our city and some of the events and issues that affect us. London is a great city but there is always room for improvement and if something bugs me then I will write about it.
I welcome comments and suggestions.