Landlord is in high spirits as he expands pub empire

Scott Doherty, pictured before he opened Doc's a year ago.
Scott Doherty, pictured before he opened Doc's a year ago.

An Alnwick entrepreneur has expanded his town-centre pub portfolio – just as his first bar toasted a special milestone at the weekend.

On Saturday, Scott Doherty raised a glass to celebrate the birthday of his debut venture, Doc’s, which opened one year ago on Fenkle Street and has proved to be a popular social venue.

The 28-year-old is also in high spirits after recently acquiring a share of the Black Swan, on nearby Narrowgate. He has joined Amar Roopra, 32, in the running of the pub after buying Michael Ashurst’s part of the business.

The new-look team are wanting to build on the revival of the Black Swan – which was reopened in 2012 by Amar and Michael after a short closure.

One of the first things on their to-do list is to overhaul the menu, to give the food offering a traditional pub feel.

Scott says he is delighted to become Amar’s business partner and admits that, this time a year ago, he never dreamt that he would be in the position to expand his pub empire in the town.

He is particularly pleased that Doc’s – with its shabby chic feel – has been a hit with punters, who have poured into the venue since it opened last July.

He said: “The first year at Doc’s has gone really well and it has been really well received and it has built up a strong following. It has allowed me to pursue the Black Swan.

”When I first opened Doc’s I honestly only gave it six months, but thankfully it has proved really successful and I am delighted that it has celebrated its first birthday.

“I really didn’t think that I would be in the position to take on somewhere else, but the support from the people of Alnwick has allowed me to do that.”

Amar told the Gazette that he was delighted to team up with Scott.

“I am really excited about it and we want to take the business to the next level and make the Black Swan busier.”

○ A Paint The Town Blue day, in aid of The Stephen Carey Fund, takes place in Alnwick on Sunday, August 30.

Organised by Scott, the event encourages businesses in the town to offer discounts and incentives to customers who are wearing blue or a specially-printed Stephen Carey Fund T-shirt (available from Doc’s). Collection buckets will also be put out.

For details/to register, send Scott a message via the Doc’s Facebook page.