In 1982 we decided it was time to settle down and take a quiet little pub by the beach in Whitstable, Kent. On 4th June 1982 we took over the Punch Tavern, which had previously been the haunt of Screaming Lord Sutch when he ran his radio station on the nearby Shivering Sands Towers.

Our first child (our daughter Dawn) was born later that year and was brought up for the first few years of her life at the Punch. We were soon drawn back into the world of watery wireless again and it was while at the Punch Tavern that the Laser project came about.




















The Punch Tavern soon became a 'Mecca' for radio enthusiasts; things did become a bit too hot for a time, although the DTI's suspicions that the pub was the nerve centre of the operation were misguided. We hired a really good management couple and bought a house six miles away at the other side of Herne Bay. We decided to sell  the tenancy of  the Punch as we were very busy (setting up yet another radio ship) and we spent some time in the Bahamas.




In 1982 we decided it was time to settle down and take a quiet little pub by the beach in Whitstable, Kent. On 4th June 1982 we took over the Punch Tavern, which had previously been the haunt of Screaming Lord Sutch when he ran his radio station on the nearby Shivering Sands Towers.

Our first child (our daughter Dawn) was born later that year and was brought up for the first few years of her life at the Punch.

We were soon drawn back into the world of watery wireless again and it was while at the Punch Tavern that another radio project (Laser) came about. The pub soon became a 'Mecca' for radio enthusiasts; things did become a bit too hot for a time, although the DTI's suspicions that the pub was the nerve centre of the operation were misguided.

We hired a really good management couple and bought a house six miles away at the other side of Herne Bay. We decided to sell  the tenancy of  the Punch as we were very busy (setting up yet another radio ship) and we spent some time in the Bahamas.

Paul then did some training of pub managers for Vaux Brewery, but by the 1990s was spending more time on radio work in Poland, Lithuania, Russia, etc. Radio consultancy work with a variety of radio stations throughout the 1990s ment long periods in Holland and Germany and then seven years in the Isle of Man as Chief Executive of a startup national station.

It was to be twenty years before we returned to the licensed trade, when we took on the lease of the Triton Inn in the lovely picturesque village of Brantingham, near Brough in East Yorkshire, and quite close to our native Hull. 

The Triton

is a huge country pub with a ballroom. It could seat 170 at a time for food.  We built the trade and pretty soon could do over 700 full meals on our busiest days - we had a team of up to 29 staff though! We had eight very happy years there and finally sold the business to a local family, Bob Carrolll and his son Sam.

Paul Rusling

Black Lion in London W6
Swan Hotel, The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Punch tavern Whitstable, now the Quayside
Paul & Anne's first tenancy pub in Whitstable
the Punch Tavern,  now called the Quayside.
The legendary TRITON INN in Brantingham. 
172 covers,  spread over a bar, a restaurant and a ballroom. 
Oh, plus 102 outside and over 100 car parking spaces too!

The Black Lion

on the river front at the end of Chiswick Mall was a very busy pub, seven days a week, especially on a hot summers day when the garden would be full of customers enjoying an hour by the river. 

Among the Rusling's customers were Vanessa Redgrave's family, Magnus Pyke - then a popular TV presenter and scientist, and many staff & artistes from Island Records, just across the road in St Peter's Square;  all regulars at the Black Lion.  
Halfway House in Dunstable, Beds
The Crystal Palace, on Anerley Hill, London SE19
The Triton inn in Brantingham, East Yorkshire.
The Swan Hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells
Paul then did some training of pub managers for Vaux Brewery but by the 1990s was spending more time on radio work in Poland, Lithuania, Russia, etc. Radio consultancy work with a variety of radio stations throughout the 1990s ment long periods in Holland and Germany and then seven years in the Isle of Man as Chief Executive of a startup national station.

It was to be twenty years before we returned to the licensed trade, when we took on the lease of the Triton Inn in the lovely picturesque village of Brantingham, near Brough in East Yorkshire, and quite close to our native Hull. 

The Triton

is a huge country pub with a ballroom. It could seat 170 at a time for food.  We built the trade and pretty soon could do over 700 full meals on our busiest days - we had a team of up to 29 staff though! We had eight very happy years there and finally sold the business to a local family, Bob Carrolll and his son Sam.

Our next move was to join William Younger's Inns, a part of the then giant Scottish & Newcastle brewery. We did several relief manager stretches,including a memorable time at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill, where our next doors were Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall!

Crystal Palace Hotel

After six months "on the hill" we  moved on to manage the Crystal Palace Hotel in South London, a mecca for pirate radio operators due to its height and 'view' over central London.  We reopened up the old ballroom at the back and put on reggae nights which saw up to a thousand customers flow through the doors to see the likes of Desmond Dekker and Judge Dread.

Our busiest day at the Crystal Palace was when Princess Diana married Prince Charles in St Paul's Cathedral. We were totally mobbed, not by wedding guests, but by part of the 30,000 people attending a concert by The Who across the road in the Crystal Palace Park!  We sold out of food by 10:30am and all our draught beer was gone before 1pm, so we shut up shop and went to the gig too! Over two weeks' takings in one morning!

Swan Hotel

In 1980 we moved to the tranquility of Royal Tunbridge Wells and ran the much more genteel Swan Hotel on The Pantiles.

After a break there (!) we embarked on further relief work with Charringtons, including such exotic taverns as the Rising Sun in Slough, the Rose & Castle in Milton Keynes and the Swinging Sporran at Weston Favell. Relief work was great, at up to triple the normal pay, but by then we had other things in mind. . . 
The Halfway House in Dunstable
Paul Rusling's Wurlitzer American Joke Box auction at the Punch tavern

Black Lion

Crystal Palace Hotel

Halfway House

Punch Tavern

Swan Hotel

The Triton

CAMRA Good Beer Guide
Paul & Anne Rusling's pubs have appeared in many editions of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and similar guides.

Weddings

Everyone loves a good wedding, they are the social highlight of many families' calendars, although they do say that its one of the most stressful times of your life. Paul and Anne have hosted more weddings than they can remember - it's well over 300.

At the Triton, the huge ballroom could seat around 100 for a five course Wedding Breakfast. These were held on almost any day of the week, though Saturdays were usually the most popular. One memorable day we even hosted TWO weddings and the team still managed to cope with regular diners; fortunately the Triton had three rooms so could easilly absorb the two different parties.

Anne is an experienced wedding planner and managed most aspects of Weddings, while Paul was squeezed into his Master of Ceremonies regalia to host the proceedings. That often included his 'skills' as disc jockey for the evening's fun and celebrations!
Wedding Guide Book
Wedding heart chocolates
Paul Rusling in n2015.
It was to be twenty years before we returned to the licensed trade, when we took on the lease of the Triton Inn in the lovely picturesque village of Brantingham, near Brough in East Yorkshire, and quite close to our native Hull. 


The Triton

is a huge country pub with a ballroom. It could seat 170 at a time for food, qhich is quite a fair mnumber of covers. We also had seating outside at the fropnt and side of the pub for anotgher 75  and tables in our 'secret garden' at the back for about fifty more. 

We built the trade up very quickly and pretty soon were doing over 700 full meals on our busiest days - we had a team of up to 29 staff though who did most of the work!  Most of us are still pretty close friends too and we still enjoy seeing many of our old customers; indeed, we went to see two of them ysterday. Such happy memoires, it really was the best pub we ever ran.

We had eight very happy years at The Triton and finally sold the business to a local family, Bob Carrolll and his son Sam.

In 1982 we decided it was time to settle down and take a quiet little pub by the beach in Whitstable, Kent. On 4th June 1982 we took over the Punch Tavern, which had previously been the haunt of Screaming Lord Sutch when he ran his radio station on the nearby Shivering Sands Towers.  Little did anyone know how it was to spell a return to the watery world of offshore radio for Anne and Paul.





Our first child (our daughter Dawn) was born later that year and was brought up for the first few years of her life at the Punch. We were soon drawn back into the world of watery wireless again and it was while at the Punch Tavern that the Laser project came about. The pub soon became a 'Mecca' for radio enthusiasts; things did become a bit too hot for a time, although the DTI's suspicions that the pub was the nerve centre of the operation were misguided.

We hired a really good management couple (George and Sylvia) and bought a house six miles away at the other side of Herne Bay. We decided to sell  the tenancy of the Punch in the mid 80s and after a brief experience with another radio ship, we spent some time in the Bahamas.

The Punch continued to thrive, especially when under the management of the two Kray boys who ran several pubs in the town.  They changed the name to The Quayside.We visited it last year and were pleased to be remembered by some old customers! 

Paul then did some training of pub managers for Vaux Brewery but by the 1990s was spending more  time on radio work in Poland, Lithuania, Russia, etc. Radio consultancy work with a variety of radio stations throughout the 1990s ment long periods in Holland and Germany and and then seven years in the Isle of Man.



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There was not enough rock'n'roll involved however and before long they moved south, to Hammersmith and Watneys famous The Black Lion, a Thames side river pub, at the end of Chiswick Mall.
Our busiest day at the Crystal Palace was when Princess Diana married Prince Charles in St Paul's Cathedral. We were totally mobbed, not by wedding guests, but by part of the 30,000 people attending a concert by The Who across the road in the Crystal Palace Park!  We sold out of food by 10:30am and all our draught beer was gone before 1pm, so we shut up shop and went to the gig too! Over two weeks' takings in one morning!

Swan Hotel

In 1980 we moved to the tranquility of Royal Tunbridge Wells and ran the much more genteel Swan Hotel on The Pantiles.

After a nice break there (!) we embarked on further relief work with Charringtons, including such exotic taverns as the Rising Sun in Slough, the Rose & Castle in Milton Keynes and the Swinging Sporran at Weston Favel. Relief work was great fun, at up to triple the normal pay, but by then we had other things in mind. . . 
Our next move was to join William Younger's Inns, a part of the giant Scottish & Newcastle brewery. We did several relief management stretches,including a memorable time at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill, where our next doors were Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall!

Crystal Palace Hotel

After six months "on the hill" we  moved on to manage the Crystal Palace Hotel in South London, a mecca for pirate radio operators due to its height and 'view' over central London.  We reopened up the old ballroom at the back and put on reggae nights which saw up to a thousand customers flow through the doors to see the likes of Desmond Dekker and Judge Dread, who Paul had worked with in the clubs years before. They became good friends and it was Alex who suggested they come and live near his home in Kent and take a pub out there.







Paul & Anne's first tenancy pub in Whitstable
the Punch Tavern,  now called the Quayside.
The legendary TRITON INN in Brantingham. 
172 covers,  in a bar, a restaurant and a ballroom. 
102 outside more and over 100 car parking spaces!
In 1982 we decided it was time to settle down and take a quiet little pub by the beach in Whitstable, Kent. On 4th June 1982 we took over the Punch Tavern, which had previously been the haunt of Screaming Lord Sutch when he ran his radio station on the nearby Shivering Sands Towers.

Our first child (our daughter Dawn) was born later that year and was brought up for the first few years of her life at the Punch.

We were soon drawn back into the world of watery wireless again and it was while at the Punch Tavern that another radio project (Laser) came about. The pub soon became a 'Mecca' for radio enthusiasts; things did become a bit too hot for a time, although the DTI's suspicions that the pub was the nerve centre of the operation were misguided.

We hired a really good management couple and bought a house six miles away at the other side of Herne Bay. We decided to sell  the tenancy of  the Punch as we were very busy (setting up yet another radio ship) and we spent some time in the Bahamas.
Paul then did some training of pub managers for Vaux Brewery, but by the 1990s was spending more time on radio work in Poland, Lithuania, Russia, etc. Radio consultancy work with a variety of radio stations throughout the 1990s ment long periods in Holland and Germany and then seven years in the Isle of Man as Chief Executive of a startup national station.

It was to be twenty years before we returned to the licensed trade, when we took on the lease of the Triton Inn in the lovely picturesque village of Brantingham, near Brough in East Yorkshire and quite close to our native Hull. 


The Triton


The Triton Inn is a huge country pub with a proper ballroom. We could seat 170 at a time for food and built the trade until we were doing over 700 full meals on busy days - with help from our team of up to 29 staff though! We had eight very happy years there and finally sold the business to a local family, led by Bob Carrolll and his son Sam.

Paul was working as a night club DJ and Anne was a manageress in a restaurant when they decided to kind of 'meet in the middle'. They decided to take a job in which they could both work together - and forty years later they still get great joy out of doing just that.

They originally went to the long gone Hull Brewery and asked for a job managing pubs, but they asked "Which team did you play for, Hull or Rovers?"  Apparently most of the Hull Brewery licences were former rugby players, and you weren't even considered until you had played for one of Hull's iillustrious rugby league teams!

Halfway House

We went instead to Whitbread, who immediately offered a role as Assistant Managers at the Halfway House in Dunstable. The place is still there, though has since had a hotel strapped on the back and seems to have lost a lot of its charm.














































Paul & Anne Rusling
PUBLICANS & RESTAURANTEURS
Our next move was to join William Younger's Inns, a part of the then giant Scottish & Newcastle brewery. We did several relief manager stretches,including a memorable time at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill, where our next doors were Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall!

Crystal Palace Hotel

After six months "on the hill" we  moved on to manage the Crystal Palace Hotel in South London, a mecca for pirate radio operators due to its height and 'view' over central London.  We reopened up the old ballroom at the back and put on reggae nights which saw up to a thousand customers flow through the doors to see the likes of Desmond Dekker and Judge Dread.

Our busiest day at the Crystal Palace was when Princess Diana married Prince Charles in St Paul's Cathedral. We were totally mobbed, not by wedding guests, but by part of the 30,000 people attending a concert by The Who across the road in the Crystal Palace Park!  We sold out of food by 10:30am and all our draught beer was gone before 1pm, so we shut up shop and went to the gig too! Over two weeks' takings in one morning!

Swan Hotel

In 1980 we moved to the tranquility of Royal Tunbridge Wells and ran the much more genteel Swan Hotel on The Pantiles.

After a break there (!) we embarked on further relief work with Charringtons, including such exotic taverns as the Rising Sun in Slough, the Rose & Castle in Milton Keynes and the Swinging Sporran at Weston Favell. Relief work was great, at up to triple the normal pay, but by then we had other things in mind. . . 
In 1982 we decided it was time to settle down and take a quiet little pub by the beach in Whitstable, Kent. On 4th June 1982 we took over the Punch Tavern, which had previously been the haunt of Screaming Lord Sutch when he ran his radio station on the nearby Shivering Sands Towers.

Our first child (our daughter Dawn) was born later that year and was brought up for the first few years of her life at the Punch. We were soon drawn back into the world of watery wireless again and it was while at the Punch Tavern that the Laser project came about. The pub soon became a 'Mecca' for radio enthusiasts; things did become a bit too hot for a time, although the DTI's suspicions that the pub was the nerve centre of the operation were misguided. We hired a really good management couple and bought a house six miles away at the other side of Herne Bay. We decided to sell  the tenancy of  the Punch as we were very busy (setting up yet another radio ship) and we spent some time in the Bahamas.

Paul then did some training of pub managers for Vaux Brewery but by the 1990s was spending more time on radio work in Poland, Lithuania, Russia, etc. Radio consultancy work with a variety of radio stations throughout the 1990s ment long periods in Holland and Germany and then seven years in the Isle of Man as Chief Executive of a startup national station.

It was to be twenty years before we returned to the licensed trade, when we took on the lease of the Triton Inn in the lovely picturesque village of Brantingham, near Brough in East Yorkshire, and quite close to our native Hull. 

The Triton

is a huge country pub with a ballroom. It could seat 170 at a time for food.  We built the trade and pretty soon could do over 700 full meals on our busiest days - we had a team of up to 29 staff though! We had eight very happy years there and finally sold the business to a local family, Bob Carrolll and his son Sam.

Paul & Anne's first tenancy pub in Whitstable the Punch Tavern,  now called the Quayside.
It was to be twenty years before we returned to the licensed trade, when we took on the lease of the Triton Inn in the lovely picturesque village of Brantingham, near Brough in East Yorkshire, and quite close to our native Hull. 


The Triton

is a huge country pub with a ballroom. It could seat 170 at a time for food, qhich is quite a fair mnumber of covers. We also had seating outside at the fropnt and side of the pub for anotgher 75  and tables in our 'secret garden' at the back for about fifty more. 

We built the trade up very quickly and pretty soon were doing over 700 full meals on our busiest days - we had a team of up to 29 staff though who did most of the work!  Most of us are still pretty close friends too and we still enjoy seeing many of our old customers; indeed, we went to see two of them ysterday. Such happy memoires, it really was the best pub we ever ran.

We had eight very happy years at The Triton and finally sold the business to a local family, Bob Carrolll and his son Sam.

The Black Lion

on the river front at the end of Chiswick Mall was a very busy pub, seven days a week, especially on a hot summers day when the garden would be full of customers enjoying an hour by the river. 

Among the Rusling's customers were Vanessa Redgrave's family, Magnus Pyke - then a popular TV presenter and scientist, and many staff and artistes from Island Records, just across the road in St Peter's Square, who were all regulars at the Black Lion.  
Paul was working as a night club DJ and Anne was a manageress in a restaurant when they decided to kind of 'meet in the middle'. They decided to take a job in which they could both work together - and forty years later they still get great joy out of doing just that.

They originally went to the long gone Hull Brewery and asked for a job managing pubs, but they asked "Which team did you play for, Hull or Rovers?"  Apparently most of the Hull Brewery licences were former rugby players, and you weren't even considered until you had played for one of Hull's iillustrious rugby league teams!


Halfway House

We went instead to Whitbread, who immediately offered a role as Assistant Managers at the Halfway House in Dunstable. A very rapid learning curve, but very hard work, with a very busy night club opposite.

The place is still there, though has since had a hotel strapped on the back and seems to have lost a lot of its charm.















































     Paul   
     Rusling

  

Paul Rusling in n2015.
Golden Microphone award
Winner of the Golden Microphone award 2017
for outstanding contribution to radio
Our next move was to join William Younger's Inns, a part of the then giant Scottish & Newcastle brewery. We did several relief manager stretches,including a memorable time at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill, where our next doors were Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall!



Crystal Palace Hotel

After six months "on the hill" we  moved on to manage the Crystal Palace Hotel in South London, a mecca for pirate radio operators due to its height and 'view' over central London.  We reopened up the old ballroom at the back and put on reggae nights which saw up to a thousand customers flow through the doors to see the likes of Desmond Dekker and Judge Dread.

Our busiest day at the Crystal Palace was when Princess Diana married Prince Charles in St Paul's Cathedral. We were totally mobbed, not by wedding guests, but by part of the 30,000 people attending a concert by The Who across the road in the Crystal Palace Park!  We sold out of food by 10:30am and all our draught beer was gone before 1pm, so we shut up shop and went to the gig too! Over two weeks' takings in one morning!



Swan Hotel

In 1980 we moved to the tranquility of Royal Tunbridge Wells and ran the much more genteel Swan Hotel on The Pantiles.

After a break there (!) we embarked on further relief work with Charringtons, including such exotic taverns as the Rising Sun in Slough, the Rose & Castle in Milton Keynes and the Swinging Sporran at Weston Favell. Relief work was great, at up to triple the normal pay, but by then we had other things in mind. . . 
Paul & Anne ~ PUBLICANS & RESTAURANTEURS
Our first child (our daughter Dawn) was born later that year and was brought up for the first few years of her life at the Punch. We were soon drawn back into the world of watery wireless again and it was while at the Punch Tavern that the Laser project came about. The pub soon became a 'Mecca' for radio enthusiasts; things did become a bit too hot for a time, although the DTI's suspicions that the pub was the nerve centre of the operation were misguided.

We hired a really good management couple (George and Sylvia) and bought a house six miles away at the other side of Herne Bay. We decided to sell  the tenancy of the Punch in the mid 80s and after a brief experience with another radio ship, we spent some time in the Bahamas.

The Punch continued to thrive, especially when under the management of the two Kray boys who ran several pubs in the town.  They changed the name to The Quayside.We visited it last year and were pleased to be remembered by some old customers! 

Paul then did some training of pub managers for Vaux Brewery but by the 1990s was spending more  time on radio work in Poland, Lithuania, Russia, etc. Radio consultancy work with a variety of radio stations throughout the 1990s ment long periods in Holland and Germany and and then seven years in the Isle of Man.




It was to be twenty years before we returned to the licensed trade, when we took on the lease of the Triton Inn in the lovely picturesque village of Brantingham, near Brough in East Yorkshire, and quite close to our native Hull. 

The Triton

is a huge country pub with a ballroom. It could seat 170 at a time for food.  We built the trade and pretty soon could do over 700 full meals on our busiest days - we had a team of up to 29 staff though! We had eight very happy years there and finally sold the business to a local family, Bob Carrolll and his son Sam.

Paul & Anne Rusling
Publicans & restauranteurs
TRITON INN in Brantingham. 
172 covers,  spread over a bar, a restaurant and a ballroom. 
Paul and Anne greet Wedding guests at Triton
Paul and Anne Welcome Wedding guests
We highly recommend the Debrett's Wedding Guide, a "must have foir any one planning the perfect wedding.  Crammed with ideas, and all the etiquette you will ever need.   Beware - your friends will be delighted to borrow this book from you!
Paul & Anne Rusling's
greeting wedding guests at the Triton.