Elton Mouna, the boss of Remarkable Pubs, talks about running London watering holes and once working at Fuller’s…
What is Remarkable Pubs?
It is a company owning a collection of 16, mainly freehold, classic London pubs, including The Virgin Queen in Hackney.
We have jukeboxes and the best beer from the best London brewers. It was founded in 1985 by our chairman Robert Thomas. Today we have 150 employees.
What do you do?
I am often on the overground combining travelling, planning and thinking.
A typical week will see me travel from my Wapping home to our HQ in Holloway, catching up with our brilliant general managers, and having a “kitchen table” meeting with the chairman at his Dalston home.
I also have meetings with young entrepreneurs showing me the latest next big thing in drinks. I aim to make sure our pubs look great, keep customers coming back, and of course, are profitable.
I also regularly spring up on the James Max show on talkRADIO discussing the hospitality industry.
What do you like about it?
Getting a new acquisition is a great buzz. People may not realise how much competition there is with housebuilders and rival operators.
Many of our pubs are in Victorian buildings, meaning time and money is constantly needed to maintain them. They may be beautiful, but cracks in ceilings and broken floorboards are what you have to expect with an old estate.
What was your biggest break?
My first taste of working in pubs was when I was 13: I helped out on Sundays cleaning a local pub in Kent.
After studying hotel management, I joined pubs firm Fuller’s. I was approached about moving into a head office role while running The Vintry in the City of London, and took a role as trainee area manager. I eventually became head of marketing and was on the retail board.
I took so much from my roles at Fuller’s ahead of joining Remarkable Pubs in 2015.
In 2007 I was on holiday with my family. After dinner one evening I developed a sharp pain in my chest. I had suffered a heart attack and underwent a triple bypass three days later.
It was a little scary at the time but slowing down has never been a consequence.
How’s your work-life balance?
I am always in and out of my pubs but there is one time in the week that is sacrosanct and that’s Sunday mornings. This is time spent with my wife Sheila enjoying brunch followed by a long walk.
My two sons are grown up but I enjoy catching up with them, in a Remarkable pub naturally.
Work hard and get yourself noticed by the people who will then promote you. Strive to be happy.
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