TV pub gets local boost
Actor Neil Morrissey and celebrity chef-writer Richard Fox should have little cause to worry that their new TV reality pub will not be a resounding success. Snifter can reveal that the pub in question, the Olde Punch Bowl at Marton-cum-Grafton, North Yorkshire, is already trading out of its skin.
It is currently being run by award-winning licensees Nick and Chris Green who operate three other pubs in West Yorkshire under the Greencliffe Taverns banner.
The twins have agreed to sub-let the pub to Morrissey and Fox for the Channel 4 production Perfect Pint.
The series will challenge the duo to set up a micro brewery and create a success of the pub business within six months of taking it on. But Snifter hears this should present few challenges to the two celebrities thanks to the location and trading catchment area of the Olde Punch Bowl. "It's a gem of a pub in a very well-heeled village," Snifter hears from a pub insider.
Marton-cum-Grafton is located in North Yorkshire's legendary "Golden Triangle" — a rich area of real estate between Harrogate, Ripon and the A1.
"It's the land of gentleman farmers, 4X4s and ladies who lunch," Snifter's informant continues.
"If somebody cannot do well here there is something very wrong."