I popped along to talk to Keith Nicholas about his role as manager at the local community pub, The John Baird
What did you want to be when growing up?
As a young lad growing up in Burma, I was always fascinated with horses, so much so that I wanted to be a jockey. In my favour I had the perfect height to become a brilliant jockey however my love for bacon butties would have stood in the way. I still haven’t ridden a horse!
How did you become a Publican?
I met my lovely partner Sharon whilst we were teenagers and at the same time I learnt the ropes from Sharon’s dad, a well-known publican, who ran the erstwhile local pub in Park Road, Crouch End the Bird in Hand.
Who do you follow on Twitter?
I’m still getting to grips with the ins and outs of Twitter, but I religiously follow all news that involves Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.
What have you been reading lately?
I am reading a book by Martina Cole about the 60’s and 70’s corruption, and like reading about how life is replicated from that, and now in the present days.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
My father, he was a very simple man with simple ideas.
Which drink do you wish you had invented?
Coffee, I love coffee.
Does God exist?
Yes, in my world god does exist. I was born Roman Catholic.
We’re at the bar, what would you be drinking?
I am usually drinking coffee and lemonade, since giving up alcohol 10 years ago – however when I did drink I always enjoyed a good blend brandy.
Who would you dread walking into the pub?
Donald Trump, he would go flying out.
What do you think is the most important part a pub plays in its locality?
A safe, comfortable and genuine community hub where it feels like a home away from home.
What are you promoting at the moment?
A family driven community hub.
How can we find out more about you?
Ask me, but if you want the truth, ask Sharon!
The John Baird, 122 Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3HN Telephone: 020 8444 8830 www.thejohnbaird.co.uk
Come and join us at The John Baird for our August Bank Holiday Weekend where there will be:
Real Ales all week end from the Portobello Brewing Company in West London.
Music on Friday Night.
Sunday will feature St James’s Church Band playing in the garden.
Monday will be a special ‘Bank Holiday Quiz’ with Leila