Twickenham pasty hero Graham Hill is now behind the bar
A FORMER local rugby player who stumped the authorities to hang a 4ft ‘pasty’ over the crossbars at Twickenham is tackling a different challenge by taking charge of a pub.
The Punchbowl and Ladle in Feock has recently been taken over by tenants Graham and Jacqui Hill.
Mr Hill said: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – we’ve taken over a pub here that is ticking over very nicely.
“I’m a Truro person so I know a lot of the locals that come to the pub.
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“As a pub it’s important to get the food right, so we’ve recently taken on two new chefs.”
Mr Hill is a popular figure in the local community having played rugby for Truro as a wing forward in a career spanning 25 years.
His most daring episode came in 1991 with the infamous pasty incident at Twickenham, the home of English rugby.
He said: “Me and some colleagues were chatting over a few beers and started discussing that the last time Cornwall won the County Championship in 1908, supporters hung a giant pasty over the crossbar.
“We decided to try it ourselves in 1991 when Cornwall beat Yorkshire in the final and through some distraction techniques, we managed to hang it up for a brief period before the stewards took it down.”
Mr Hill’s plan was carefully devised and featured his son running on to the pitch as a diversion, allowing Graham and his friends to hang up the 4ft pasty and subsequently getting their stunt featured on the national news.
Mr Hill has previously run popular pubs The Crown at Lanlivery, The City Inn in Truro and the Roseland Inn at Philleigh.
Mrs Hill was responsible for running Truro’s first ever bistro, when she started the Butchers Bistro in 1970.