Prior to the pandemic, Noel Anderson was forecasting the best ever year for The Bridge 1850 and Lemon & Duke, the two Dublin pubs he co-owns with a number of prominent rugby players. However, since the first lockdown, the publican has been battling on all fronts.
Despite having taken out insurance specifically for Covid-19, FBD refused to cover his claim, and he ended up as one of four test cases against the insurer. In this podcast with Ian Kehoe, he talks about the negotiations with FBD prior to the case, the strain of the lengthy action and why the case, which has implications for more than 1,100 pubs, is far from over.
He also talks about the future of the city centre and reveals that while he is upbeat on hospitality, he is increasingly concerned about the lack of staff. Finally, Anderson shares his own journey - why he dropped out of college to take a bar job, before working his way up the ladder.