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very hard at it, and made so many changes.” One challenge Christine faced was being in charge of a football pub – an entirely new experience for her and TJ. Despite initial apprehension, she says match days at the Crown & Sceptre have taken on the same family feel as the rest of the week. “This is completely different to other QPR pubs,” she says. “It’s not that we don’t have singing and chanting – we do – fans who come here are so passionate. But we have granddads and grandsons together for games, which is great to see.” Christine says one key to making the pub work has been community involvement. “We’re a little pub in the back streets of Shepherds Bush, surrounded by houses and a school. It is important to be aware of people’s needs; pubs should be conscious of that.” Asked about her carewer, Chrstine speaks of customer expectations, and how pub managers can no longer get away with slamming down

a pint of flat keg bitter in a chipped glass. “People expect good service, a quality product, a happy face and someone to chat to,” she says. Overall, she is proud of what she and TJ have achieved in their personal and professional lives together, and in their three years in Melina Road. “We are the only Good Beer Guide pub in W12,” she says. “A Camra man came in

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o need to jet off this year for a taste of authentic Italian gelato. Pop down to Hammersmith Grove and discover the ultimate ice cream close to home. Diego Alfonso and Suzy Bertotti have just opened the Bertotti Pure Italian cafe... and it’s an ice cream lovers’ paradise. “It’s always been our dream to open our own shop and work together,” said Diego. “This part of Hammersmith is a lovely residential area with lots of friendly people and families.” The 24-year-old used to work further down Hammersmith Grove as a waiter in Chez Kristof (now Raoul’s deli and restaurant). Suzy, 26, is originally from Parana, Brazil but traces her Italian heritage back to her grandparents who were from Trentino in the north-east of the country. The couple claim to be the only place in Hammersmith offering

authentic gelato. The icecream comes from the Joe Delucci chain, imported from Turin. The 24 flavours range from passion fruit to mango, pineapple to tiramisu. Ice creams can be covered in nuts, flakes, Oren’s chocolate and other toppings. “We have a variety of ice creams, and change one or two flavours every month to offer customers something different,” said Diego. And if the traditional English summer reduces demand for ice cream, the counter also has homemade cakes. Bertotti also offers panini and traditional sandwiches. Diego has plans for a Colombianthemed coffee day and a coffee of the month. “It is a risky time to open a business with the way the economy is at the moment,” he conceded. “But we felt it was worth the risk.” Bertotti is open 7am-6.30pm Mon-Fri and 9am-7pm on weekends. l Bertotti Pure Italian, 87 Hammersmith Grove, Hammersmith, W6 0NQ. www.facebook.com/bertotti.pure. italian

the other day, ordered a pint of London Pride, and said: ‘Still the best pint in west London!’” Fullers is now on the lookout for a new publican to follow in Christine and TJ’s steps; but recognises that it will be a hard act to follow.

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