These are the steps we have taken to build The Pilcrow. We would like to share our process as we think it’s a simple framework that can be used by anybody thinking about building anything.
DECIDE TO BUILD A PUB
You have to take this step fairly seriously as it turns out building things can be quite a long and involved process. Why do you want to do this? If you have a decent answer to this question (other than simply making a quick buck) then you are on the right lines. As soon as you are 100% sure that you have a plan you believe in, tell everybody. This way you will look pretty stupid if you fail to commit- embarrassment is a great motivator.
START BUILDING A PUB
There is never a “right time” to start a project like this, so start now. Most projects don’t happen because they don’t get started. Don’t wait until you are experienced enough; make it up as you go along, that is what most people are doing most of the time.
DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU HAVE A FINISHED PUB
In our experience this will take up all your time, your energy and a little bit of your sanity. It took us nearly two years to find the perfect place to build The Pilcrow, keeping going is really the hardest part. This is why it is so important to believe your answer to the question “Why are we doing this?”.
If you believe in your idea, you won’t want to let it down.
We’ll admit that our three-step guide is a little light on the detail but this is honestly all we had in the bag when we started this project; you need an idea, a purpose and motivation, everything else will follow.
Figuring out how to apply for planning permission and how to run workshops has been tricky, but way easier than you might expect, like most things you can learn by doing and fix as you go along.
We are still firmly in step three, with about a year until The Pilcrow pulls its first pint.