The Rusty Bicycle & The Rickety Press

The Rusty BicycleThe Rusty Bicycle, Oxford

Chris Manners is the landlord of two Arkell's pubs: The Rusty Bicycle and The Rickety Press, both in Oxford and which he runs with his business partner Leo Johnson.

Chris took over the Rusty Bicycle in January 2009. Leo joined the following year and in May this year, the duo took over the running of The Rickety Press, which Arkell’s has just bought and refurbished.

Chris entered the industry because it’s sociable and people-orientated. He says he hasn’t been disappointed but admits it’s a lot less glamorous than anticipated.

"We were naïve at the beginning, pulling pints is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s the day-to-day running of the business which takes time, that and the cleaning and planning."