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September 2003
Pub landlord, Pete Beletzan
Pete Beletzan : landlord of the Royal Children
Pub landlord : Pete Beletzan
Pete Beletzan, originally from Newark, has lived in Bridgford since childhood. He has worked in pubs across the county but is presently the landlord of the Royal Children.

Interview by Joe Sinclair
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Pete is originally from Newark but has lived in Bridgford since childhood

He started working in pubs at the age of 17 and has worked all over Nottingham:

The Castle
Nico's
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The Happy Return
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The Lizard Lounge

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I started behind the bar at the Trent Bridge Inn when I was 17. So I’ve been doing this pretty much since I was a kid. I’ve worked all over Nottingham. I’ve been pub landlord here for four months.

This pub is called The Royal Children. Apparently the children here used to play with the children from the castle - Queen Anne’s kids - so that’s why it’s called The Royal Children.

It’s got the only whale bone sign in the country. We used to sell whale products, I think. We’ve brought the sign in now ‘cause it’s rotting away but it used to hang outside the front door.

quote It's one of them jobs where you do end up having a drink quite a lot of the time. quote
Pete Beletzan, pub landlord
We’ve still got the only valid license in the country to sell whale products. We no longer actually use it but, you know, we’ve got one… somewhere.

We get some interesting characters in here, yeah. He’s a character [gestures towards window cleaner]. We get a real cross-mixture of people.

I love it, yeah, it’s great. It’s a social job. It changes all the time. I meet people all day long. It’s one of those jobs I get paid for just sitting around talking to people, having a drink. Generally, you know, it’s just like going out and working and getting paid at the same time.

It can be stressful. It’s hard work sometimes. You do get a lot of characters but you get problems with people drinking as well. Obviously you get drunks. You get a lot of people coming in who are generally, well you know, crazy, if you know what I mean.

Entrance to the Royal Children
Entrance to the Royal Children, home of Pete Beletzan

There’s a lot of people who have suddenly come into the city begging and stuff. And people sleeping on the streets has generally gone up. You just get random people walking in who are obviously not quite right. Plus you get the normal drunks.

There’s been loads of changes. A lot of money’s poured in. There’s people moving back into the city, which there never was before. I love it, yeah, it’s great, it’s a lot better.

I try and keep relatively fit but it’s difficult. It’s one of them jobs where you do end up having a drink quite a lot of the time. Generally my social life is the same as my work life.

I do dragon boat racing once a week but its hard to get away. I do a bit of running now and again if I can get out. I do a bit of weight training. That’s my only real getaway from the pub scene really.

I try and treat people as they treat me. If people are nice and polite then I’m nice and polite back. I expect people to come in here and treat this place with a bit of respect. And generally they do. I try and give people what they give me. That’s it really.
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