Back to the accidental pub…
When Mike and his wife bought the country pub, it was run-down, and they had the intention of converting it into their new home. At 770 square metres, three acres of land, it was large enough to accommodate the family, including Mike’s space-filling hobby of restoring classic bikes and cars.
But then the locals called in.
“When we bought the Woodlands Tavern, we were certified townies, we did not understand a small community’s character. It was a meeting place for telling the day’s stories, a hall for community meetings, place for celebration events and fundraising. A bunch of the locals made that quite clear”
“So we stayed in the old house beside the pub, and committed to keeping the pub open for a year. Four years later, it’s still open. I can pour a good beer, but a couple of good staff and a bunch of locals keep me on the right side of the counter”
To add his own personal touch, Mike put in classic motorbikes, and one of his hot-rods inside.
“The 27 roadster looks mint in the corner, raced on the salt flats 51-58, I can start it remotely and its open exhaust V8 chev engine is a good way to remind the patrons that it’s closing time. I’ve always loved the classics. They don’t make cars like that anymore.”
Or milk processing site managers.