Rhona Bill is an inspiring role model who runs a pub alongside living a busy and hectic life.

Single mum Rhona, 43, runs award winning pub The Crown at Stanwix in Carlisle whilst also looking after her five-year-old son Harvey.

Meanwhile, her mum Pam, 72, has been through cervical cancer twice but still has time to provide vital support to her daughter and grandson.

"My mum is a big part of my life," says Rhona. "She is a very strong woman. She has been through a difficult time recently. But she still runs about after me. She is my right hand woman."

Rhona, a travel agent for more than 20 years, is now back living in the pub where she lived as a child when mum Pam ran it.

Rhona said: "My mum ran pubs all her working life. I lived at The Crown from the age of 11 to 16 in the late 80s and early 90s."

When mum Pam retired through ill health in 1992, and the Bills moved out of the Crown, little did Rhona think she'd be back living there with her own son almost 30 years later.

 

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Eventually, Rhona packed up her bags, along with her travel career and evening bar work, and moved back into the pub where she had grown up as a teenager, this time as general manager with son Harvey.

Rhona's mum Pam said: "It's strange how things work out, and what goes around comes around. For both of us to be in the same circumstances 30 years apart is incredible. I am very, very proud of Rhona and what she has achieved. It's a great pub and she is doing a brilliant job."

Rhona, who says she also gets invaluable help with family life from Harvey's godparents, best friends Claire Laidlow and Rachel Waddington, has built up a strong, mostly-female team at The Crown.

She praises assistant manager and mum-of-five girls Angela McVelia and the rest of the team for giving her such vital support in the business.

"I am very lucky that we have a great team at The Crown. Everyone works really hard to make sure we provide our customers with what they want. It really is a community pub with something for everyone and is popular with all ages," she said.

The Crown has been shortlisted in two Greene King national awards for Community Pub of the Year and Entertainment Pub of The Year. In 2018 the pub won the Best Turnaround Pub of The Year in the Great British Pub Awards.