Meet the new couple living upstairs in Tring’s The Black Horse.
Dawn Coleman, 51, and Mal Crowle, 57, are about to spend their first weekend at the pub after taking over its management less than two days ago.
If you’re lucky, you may even get a song out of Mal, who is also a singer – specialising in numbers by Nat King Cole, Santana and Dire Straits, among others. He does card tricks, too, and has already been showing them off to the pub’s punters.
The couple have moved to the area from the Isle of Wight, where they managed The Solent Inn in the seaside town of Ryde.
Dawn said: “That pub was on its knees and we got it up and running. It had a lovely feel to it when we left – warm and friendly, and that’s what we aim for.”
Mal said: “We believe a pub should be a pub – a place for conversation and a meeting place.”
The pair have been working in the pub trade since they were 18 year olds and met during one of Mal’s shows.
Their plans for The Black Horse include the introduction of a carvery, where children aged under five will be allowed to eat for free.