Gresham’s school friends team up to take over Morston pub

A pair of north Norfolk school friends have reunited to take on a business venture that has brought them back to their home county.

And Harry Farrow and Rowan Glennie's move to take over The Anchor at Morston means they have now become one of the youngest pub management partnerships in Norfolk.

The friends met at Gresham's School in Holt before heading off to university, with Harry, 23, going to study economics at Reading and Rowan, 22, relocating to Oxford to study fine furniture.

After finishing their degrees they had talked about going to London to work in restaurants but when they head The Anchor was available they 'jumped at the chance' to run somewhere in their home county.

Mr Farrow quipped: 'The plan was to become an investment banker in London but instead I'm running a pub in Norfolk; the hours are just as bad but I'm sure I'd have made more money in the City!'

The pub has been owned by the Temple family for generations and as well as being a popular watering hole it is the booking point for the famous Temple's seal trips, which have operated for more than 60 years.

'The owners wanted local people to take over the pub and didn't want it to be turned into a gastro pub, they wanted a traditional, village pub feel,' Mr Farrow added.

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'Of course we were worried about being too inexperienced to take on a challenge as big as this, but we have learned on the job and because we don't think we know it all it means we are open to finding out the best way to run our business.'

Since taking over the Anchor's reins last summer the enthusiastic pair have seen business increase and the pub's popularity is growing.

Fresh seafood is served up daily and as well as stocking local ales the pub in The Street now features a dedicated mussel menu.

Mr Glennie, general manager and front of house, added: 'We love it at the Anchor so much that we have to remind ourselves sometimes that we're at work.

'We're incredibly enthusiastic and we're constantly learning. We may be young, but as far as we're concerned, that's something to be celebrated.'

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