Three generations of mums (and a great-granddaughter) team up at pub

Sunday March 6 – Mothers’ Day – promises to be an especially heartwarming occasion at The Birch Tree on Bardon Road, Coalville, Leicestershire. The pub, run by Sue and Brian Crouch and owned by Everards Brewery, will be hosted by four generations of women from the Crouch family.

Norma Bentham, 87; her daughter (and landlady) Sue Crouch, 58; Sue’s daugher Helen Crouch, 37; and even Helen’s daughter Lily-May, 8, will be under one roof, making sure other mums in the pub have a great day.

Sue, who became landlady of the Birch Tree in May 2014, said: “Young Lily loves to be involved! She has her own special outfit and especially loves bringing sauces to diners’ table. Helen works in the office and as a waitress, and Norma collects glasses and also does the laundry and ironing because she likes to see the chefs looking tip-top in their whites.”

So it won’t be a relaxing Mothers’ Day at the Birch Tree for the four generations of women, but it will be a satisfying one. “We’ll serve in the restaurant till 5pm, and the bar will stay open till 9pm. Then we’ll be able to put our feet up,” said Sue. “It’s lovely to have all three mums under one roof working together as a team. We’ve just got to make sure we all behave ourselves for our little boss – Lily.”

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.