The publicans of Harpenden’s The Engineer have been recognised with an award due to their contribution to the site.
Harpenden-born Alumnus Pete Mann and St Albans’ Mike Fisher were given the award by Star Pubs & Bars – who own the premises – having run the location since 2002.
Having drank his first pint at the pub, Pete was 23-years-old and a regular at The Engineer when he and Mike took it on.
The pub is believed to have been built in 1865, and is said to have been called ‘The Bird in Hand’ but become known as The Engineer after the nearby railway from London to Bedford Pete commented: “I’ve known the Engineer all my life – it’s a lovely pub and was where I had my first pint with my friends as young man, so it’s very special to me.
“I’ve worked in pubs since my early teens and, when The Engineer became available, I jumped at the chance to take it on with Mike and give it the new lease of life it needed to keep it thriving for the long-term.”
Pete also spoke of the pub’s continued success, and the reasons that the pair remain in charge. He added: “We never thought we’d be here this long and now can’t envisage leaving.
Courtesy of the Herts Advertiser 15th November By Pearce Bates Live Reporter