Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Martyn reflects on his sister becoming a "publican" and lets you know what the thinks a perfect pub should feel like.

on Jan 3, 2013

Firstly I want to wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and love encrusted New Year! The support of all my family, friends, clients, staff, and all you wonderful design fans made 2012 an amazing year for me and I know with you all behind me and the wonderful Bravo family that 2013 is going to be the best year yet!

All that being said this week's episode is an amazing way to start the New Year. This episode is the most personal to me so far as it chronicles a project I have worked on with my sister Tina, the first since we were teenagers almost 30 years ago and had a designer wear store together in Bromley, Kent that I designed firstly to look like an Arabian tent and later revamped to resemble an exotic Egyptian temple. It was actually my first foray into interior design of any sort.

Now after years of owning various fashion apparel stores and a beautician business, my sister and her husband Alan decided to make an enormous change to their lives and take over a 215-year-old pub in the local historic village of Chistlehurst. I have to say this has come as enormous shock to me. The pub world, even though a centuries old tradition in England, has been suffering greatly in the last few years from the recession and changing tastes of the public. In fact, pubs are closing down like wildfire all over the country, so for my family to suddenly decide to become publicans seemed both shocking and foolhardy!

Now the task comes to me to help turn this rundown, smelly, and badly reviewed pub into a beautiful spot that the wealthy local clientele can once again love and provide my sister and her family with a successful business. . .Well I hope so anyway!