At the age of eight, Emma Woodhouse wanted to be archaeologist. By the time she was 12, she was going to be an actress. Having trained in theatre, film and TV, she graduated to work in (amongst other things) nightclubs, retail, TV production and the heritage sector. In 2011 she created her own wordsmith business, The Wedding Reporter and worked as a pen for hire with other small and independent wedding businesses to grow their brands, marketing and social media profiles.
Alongside her husband Nick, Emma moved from a busy Bristol city centre pub to take over the Fleur De Lys in 2014. That summer, they adopted Sir Otis the Pub Cat before taking on The Bulls Head in 2016. In 2017, Xena the Warrior Pub Dog joined the family as well. At the age of 33, she finds herself the custodian of two beautiful country pubs but no longer writing as regularly as she’d like.
Hence this blog.
The manifesto for the pubs that make up Clogginns Pub Company has always been to create personable places to visit that are easily identifiable as small, independently run businesses. With Lady of the House, Emma attempts to document the juggling act of operating two sites during a tumultuous time within the hospitality industry, whilst still trying to cling on to a shred of sanity.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Emma can be found at The Bulls Head. On Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays you can track her down at the Fleur De Lys. On Tuesdays she likes to be left alone to read books and walk the dog.