Island pub with 28 locals seeks managers

By Nicholas Robinson contact

- Last updated on GMT

Rare opportunity: trust seeks live-in island pub managers
Rare opportunity: trust seeks live-in island pub managers
The owner of a pub that serves just 28 locals on a remote island, 12 miles off the coast of north Devon, is seeking a couple to work and live at the venue.

The Marisco Tavern, which is owned by the Lundy Island Company, is the only building on the island to remain fully powered and lit up at night, with other buildings powering their generators down after hours.

It is also known to ‘never close’, but operates legally under its licensing agreement, and is the island’s only pub and restaurant.

As well as the small number of locals, punters include wildlife lovers, who boat over to the small land mass to see the animals and plants who also call the island home.

Live at the tavern

The job available is for a permanent general assistant couple to work and live at the tavern and work with the island’s housekeeping team.

Applications can be made until this Friday (2 August)​ when, before interviews are held in nearby mainland town Bideford on Thursday 8 August.

Successful applicants will carry out a working interview on the island before the right candidates are chosen.

Although a remote pub, it has been modernised and extended and is a stand-alone business from the village shop.

Retains its roots

On the pub’s website, a statement describes the venue as: “The tavern retains its roots as a traditional pub.

“The island-feel is retained by the decorative use of the historic flotsam and jetsam rescued from the many wrecks and previous supply ships.

“There is no jukebox, no fruit machine and no television, nothing to distract from the age-old pleasures of human communication – the ban on the use of modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, smartphones and laptop computers is rigorously enforced.”

Food in the pub features traditional pub grub, including breakfast and lunch, which is competitively priced.

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