One of Gloucestershire’s favourite pubs will be beamed into your own living room tonight.
In a new TV series Stroud’s The Prince Albert will be appearing on “Saving Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge” from 8pm on BBC Two.
Miles and Lotte, the tied tenants of the Rodborough Hill pub, are struggling to make a living from their popular music pub.
Gloucester born Tom raises the issue of high beer prices with the boss of the company which owns the pub and urges Miles and Lotte to offer food to customers to help turn a profit.
The series is a four parter, showing every Thursday night, the series will see Tom help locals turn their luck around.
Originally meant to show one pub per episode, the layout has changed to feature all four pubs in each episode as they develop from before and during coronavirus, as well as examining what life may be like for them afterwards.
Landlady Lotte, 54, has been managing The Prince Albert for 25 years next May, and for the past 15 years with her partner Miles, 52.
In fact, it was appearing in Tom’s new show that played a big part in the long term couple deciding to tie the knot which they did at Stroud Registry Office on February 2, 2020, in a Civil Partnership Ceremony before holidaying in Thailand for three weeks.
Lotte said that the programme had played a huge factor in re-evaluating how they run the pub, and their relationship.
She said: “It made us look at everything, including our relationship. It was a very quick affair, we decided after new year and got married a month later.”
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Speaking about what made them apply to appear on the programme Miles said the pair realised that while the pub seemed successful on the face of it, and “always had bums on the seat”, they weren’t really making any money.
He joked: “I said if it was anything like Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, we wanted nothing to do with it.”
Lotte added: “But we thought it would be great to have someone like Tom look at our business and see what we can do. We’re both in our 50s and I’ve been here for 25 years we needed to seriously look at we’re doing.
“We didn’t think we’d actually be accepted onto the pub because other pubs seemed to be struggling more than us. We were just getting on with stuff, but when you stop and take a look at yourself you think there’s got to be more to it than this.
“We had two other jobs to keep us going here, one of Miles jobs is working with bands and marquees.”
Miles added: “We concentrate on just staying afloat here. We’re only employing family now, it’s Lotte’s and my daughters and ourselves and one other person working now. We had 15 members of staff here before.
“Our opening hours have been drastically reduced, which is very different from being open until gone midnight. Being upstairs in front of the telly at half past 10 is very odd.”
Lotte laughed: “From being on tour and rock and roll to watching Jools Holland on a Friday night.”
“We’re okay with it,” said Miles. “You just have to look at what you’ve got and make the best out of it.”
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The pair, who have six children between them said that being on the show with Tom was a “real eye opener”.
They said: “It was like opening a new business when we reopened, which was quite scary because no one knew how it was going to go.”
Despite being known as a live music venue, having had many a famous face up on their stage over the years, they were now focusing on more a food route.
They added: “We’re not doing music anymore, half way through the lockdown it became clear that we couldn’t have third parties come in like before when we’d have pop up kitchens whilst we focused on the rock and roll.
“We’ve got into bed with a pizza company, Barrel and Stone and we’re building a proper kitchen – one of the sheds has turned into a kitchen for the pizza, which we make ourselves with their ingredients.
“We thought we’d give it a go and it won’t be that great, but our customers really love it and it’s worked really well. In the coming months we’re looking on more things to the menu, hopefully in the new year music will return so we’ll have the music and the food and the beer.”
Tune into Saving’s Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge at 8pm – 9pm every Thursday night on BBC Two.