● MEET THE TEAM ●
Andy has worked in the pub trade for longer than he cares to remember, bringing friendly expertise and incredible passion to the Motto. He has a clear vision for what he wants The Prince’s Motto to become, and one which has only been fed and nourished during these testing times.
From the beginning, his intentions were to return the pub to ‘what pubs should be’ – and in spite of the various stresses of the current situation, it has at least allowed him to begin in that vein (perhaps more so than he’d originally intended!)
Shonie worked in the Motto kitchen under the previous owners and lives very close to the pub. Since our reopening, she has taken on the role of general manager, working with Andy to further add to the quirky and friendly atmosphere for which the Motto is rapidly becoming famous.
Originating from Middlesbrough but having grown up in West Somerset, Shonie is the reason that the Motto now offers #BarrowParmos – the first authentic, take-away Boro Parmesan on offer in the South West (we believe)!
Mark is local to Long Ashton and the reason we can offer such a range of excellent, high quality, good value and home-cooked meals from the Motto kitchen. He is the founder of Mark's Kitchen, a business which began by sending out oven-ready meals to homes in isolation during lockdown. Mark now works from the Motto kitchen, allowing our customers to enjoy his delicious meals too!
The rest of us!
The Motto community grows larger by the day, and it would be impossible to list every single person who has helped get us to this point! However, of notable mention are Geoff Warren, Billy and Ella Lindsay, Terry Hathaway, Phil Carnell, our many regular take-away customers who have supported us right from the beginning and continue to do so up to the present moment, the various local suppliers of fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey and other produce for sale in our village shop, and many, many more!
All who work permanently at the Motto will be forever grateful for the support we have received and benefited from. We are forever indebted to the community spirit and skills of Barrow Gurney, Long Ashton, and surrounding Bristol and North Somerset areas. We hope that the Motto you see now, and the Motto that we will become, are sufficient payment for all of your hard work and effort!
And we look forward to seeing you soon!
BACK TO BETTER
The day that all UK pubs were closed by the government, Shonie had a conversation with a regular to the pub about how the media rhetoric at that point centred around getting ‘back to normal’. Both were upset by this mentality, preferring the idea of returning to something better than normal – because why should we go back to the same, if some things weren’t working?
Hec coined the phrase “Back to Better” approximately thirty minutes before the BBC released the news that all British pubs were to close with immediate effect. Since then, we’ve turned it into our living and working ethos at the Motto. We do not wish to return simply to ‘normal’, or a 'new normal' – we will return to a better normal.
● BEFORE THE LOCKDOWN ●
Before the lockdown, Barrow Gurney did not have a village shop that was fit for purpose, and residents were forced to source their supplies from large chain supermarkets further afield. The Motto Shoppo, now established, will continue to operate after lockdown, thus improving the experience of living and working in Barrow Gurney.
Before the lockdown, Barrow Gurney did not have an affordable location for residents and visitors to enjoy food and drink in comfortable, friendly surroundings. Local darts and cards teams no longer used the Motto as their location of choice for games, and many of the Barrow Gurney teams from the past had fallen into inaction. With our new, pocket-friendly menu of food and drink, we intend to return the pub to its former glory, offering a meeting space for those local teams who, until now, have had to outsource their venues to other villages and towns nearby.
Before the lockdown, Barrow Gurney did not have anywhere for locals and visitors to enjoy sports matches. Our new Sports Bar, dedicated to the Bristol Bears and other local rugby teams, has reignited that element of the pub, and we have already seen numerous successful events in this vein - most recently our "Banquet with the Bears", held for the Bristol Bears European final, and with speaker and ex referee Ed Morrison giving a Q&A beforehand.
Before the lockdown, the Motto had very little stock supplied by local vendors. One positive element attached to changes and fluctuations in supplier availability is that we are now sourcing more local produce, from producers very close to our pub. We stock the Lovely Drinks range (brewed in Barrow Gurney), local honey (also from Barrow Gurney), local ice cream (made in Dundry), local eggs (from various local farmers) and all of our bakery products are provided by Split Tin Bakery in Redland. We have recently started stocking Long Ashton-distilled Gin (coupled with Barrow Gurney Lovely Drinks tonic), cured meats from Somerset Charcuterie (based in Wrington), milk from Chew Valley Dairy, various local farmers and hobby gardeners provide us with fresh and locally grown herbs, fruit and vegetables, and as each day passes we seek out yet more local independent businesses to support. We will be forever grateful for the encouragement and support that we’ve received here at the Motto, and we want to pay that support forwards by striving to stock local produce as much as possible.