Although the area is crowded with restaurants, Barnard said the business has exceeded his expectations with loyal customers who return multiple times a week to dine and again to enjoy live music and karaoke on weekends.
"We all work together on the goal of giving visitors and locals an experience they want to return to," said Barnard, referring to cooperation among downtown restaurants. "But the whole town, in general, is the most friendly place I've ever visited."
The decision to move to the U.S. paid off in more ways than one. He met his wife Kate in Mount Dora and married three years ago, and they quickly became active members of the community. The couple now work together managing the pub and have been rewarded by positive feedback..
Barnard's interesting background is worthy of many pub tales. After high school, he went to college and apprenticed as a carpenter. Prior to moving to Florida, Barnard was the Clerk of Works responsible for the repair and restoration of the Hatfield House and Palace, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth. It's the perfect thing to ask him about when you pull up a stool at the bar.
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