Family Fortunes: The O’Brien Family

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THE O’BRIEN FAMILY
THE SEAGLASS INN/THE NEW PLOUGH INN
EAST LOTHIAN

Mother and daughter team, Christine O’Brien and Sarah Couch, who also works for Heineken in its legal department, are the new licensees at the Star Pubs & Bars £425K refurbishment of Seaglass Inn at Port Seaton in Prestonpans. They also run The New Plough Inn at Tranent. Christine grew up in Prestonpans and runs the New Plough Inn with her father Thomas O’Brien until he retired about seven years ago. Said Christine, “Sarah has a full-time job but she still puts in a good 25 hours a week in our pub business. We get along because we are like-minded people and even if we are working apart at different venues, we make sure to catch up once a week for a meeting. Mind you I’ve had plenty of practice – I’ve been in the trade for 20 years and working with family for all that time. I used to run the bar at the Cross Keys Hotel in the Borders with my mum.”

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