Britain's youngest landlady: Shrewsbury pub to return under stewardship of 18-year-old Bryony
When most of us turned 18 we were more concerned about whether we would be turned away from the bar rather than running the whole show behind it.
But Bryony Freeman is set to become Shropshire’s youngest landlady – and one of the youngest anywhere – when she takes over the pumps and brings back the Albion Vaults pub in Shrewsbury.
Bryony, who turned 18 in January shortly after moving to Shrewsbury, has been given the role by Marstons brewery, after the company was impressed with the work of her family who run another Shrewsbury pub, The Bull’s Head.
The family now run two pubs on the same stretch as the Albion Vaults is next to the railway station, while the Bull’s Head is across the road and a littleup the hill on Castle Gates.
Bryony said she, her mother Imogen Freeman, 50, and step-dad Paul Eddington, 59, moved to Shrewsbury from Derby in November to take on the Bull’s Head.
She said: “I’ve been in a lot of pubs with my mum and you just get used to being in them. I’ve worked behind bars since I was about 14 or 15.
“We found out the that The Vaults was up for a new landlord on the internet and we all had a little chat and said ‘yeah, we’re going to do it’.
“Then we spoke to our area manager, Natalie Ives, and agreed I would go for it.
“It’s exciting but a bit nerve wracking at the same time. I’ve got to get to grips with a few new things like the computer work and looking after the cellar. I have to keep the area manager happy and I want to make my mum proud.
“But it’s not like I’m going into some boring job, it’s a happy job and you deal with something new every day.” she said.
Bryony said she was partly inspired by her mum’s example and wanted to make of of being a landlady as a career.
The Albion Vaults, not to be confused with The Alb on nearby Smithfield Road or The Vaults, next to The Bull’s Head further up Castle Gates, is a traditional-style pub with rooms that has served both locals and rail travellers coming out of the station across the road for decades.
The cosy pub sits between Chronicle House , the former headquarters of the Shropshire Star in Shrewsbury, and the railway bridge.