Barbara took over as General Manager in February and is delighted to be managing a riverside pub. Her influence can already be seen in the pots of primulas outside on the tables and live jazz to mark the Boat Race,
She’s been running pubs for 30 years. Her last pub, the Grange on Ealing Common, was a huge, extremely busy pub with five function rooms and four flights of stairs up to the office and the private living space. Even the dog Puggle (half pug, half beagle) found that a challenge.
Barbara has family connections with Strand on the Green. Her dad’s great aunt had a house here, which he visited as a child and her great grandmother was a char lady in the Bull’s Head. She is related to the Pitts, the eighteenth century statesmen William the Elder and William the Younger, though family lore has it that whatever wealth the family had, they drank and gambled away. Undeterred she has returned to her family’s roots with husband Gary, Senegal parrot Archimedes and Puggle.