What are the Duties of a Pub manager?
A pub, which most of you out there are already aware of is, short for a public house, and is an old European type of bar known mainly for itsdrinks, casual atmosphere and light meals and snacks. Pubs are archetypally associated with the island of Great Britain, but have been copied and made into businesses and social places for drinking and gathering in most countries around the world.
The pub manager is the person who administers all staff and has to make sure that the bar is doing good business and at the same time also meeting health and safety code regulations. The preparation of the annual operating budget and implementing his or her marketing plan throughout the year is also one of the majorduties of a pub manager.
Stock, Supplies and Food
Inventory is another concern for pub managers and they have to ensure that there is enough stock to keep up with customer demandso its best to purchase wholesale bar supplies. A difference between a regular bar and the pubs of the past is that the pub style of establishment used to be known for actually brewing beer on the premises, although nowadays most pubs don’t brew their own alcoholic beverages. In addition to beers, pubs serve other alcoholic drinks, such as wine, whiskies, as well as non-alcoholic soft drinks.
Most pubs nowadays serve some type of food, (gone are the days of the pickled egg and onions!) managers or the chef have to order the ingredients for meals. What kind of menu the pub will serve is also the responsibility of a pub manager and in most cases it will be laid out with the chef’s input. All meals should suit the casual, laid back pub style and go down well with beers. The traditional selection of crisps, nuts, other appetisers and often pies and sandwiches are the meal mainstay of many pubs.
Staff and Advertising
The pub manager has to employ and train staff and must be able to do every single job in the pub and fill in as necessary. Keeping an eye on the staff is a daily responsibility for pub managers and meetings and performance reviews will assist in keeping employees aware of the management’s requirements. The promotion of the pub through advertising and things such as bingo, game or quiz nights are a way to bring in more customers. Food specials or coupons in local newspapers are another way which helps to attract more local customers. Pubs traditionally are well known for their neighbourhood atmosphere with many of the locals becoming regular customers.
In larger establishments, pub managers may hire bookkeeping and accounting professionals to manage the financial side of business, but the manager still has to inspect the books and look after things like taxes.
So, if you think that you can become a bar manager, go for it, but don’t forget that it’s much more than standing around at the bar and having a few beers with the locals!