14/08/2014 16:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Cheers! Teen To Become Britain's Youngest Pub Landlord At 18


Ask any teenage boy what he would like for his birthday and 'the keys to my local pub' might rate highly on his wish-list.

But for Charlie Watts, that dream will come true on Saturday. For that's the day he will turn 18 – and he will become Britain's youngest landlord.

Charlie will take control of The Cherry Tree in Yaxley, Suffolk, which his parents have run for the last 11 years.

The teenager asked them for a job at their pub when he left school - but they have gone further and made him the manager.

Charlie will officially receive his landlord's licence on Saturday when he turns 18 - and his name will go over the door of the independent hostelry, which his parents own.

His dad Andy, 42, has recently got a new job as a business development manager so does not have time to work behind the bar as well.

Charlie said: "It's going to be hard work, I can guarantee that. "My dad and mum did it for 11 years and they didn't get to where they are without putting in the hours.

"I've helped out since we came here when I was seven years old. "I've been chatting and getting to know the people and without actually knowing it I've taken it all in, getting experience which will obviously help."

Charlie's mum Nikki, 41, will help him settle into his new role.

She said: "My husband just had the idea to train Charlie up to be a landlord when he left to start his new job.

"It will be lovely to know that our son is the one who we have handed the pub on to. I'm already seeing a different side to him.

"My children have grown up here and become confident and independent children as a result.

"The toughest part for him will be the late nights and early morning but I'm sure he'll manage okay.

"Charlie is determined that all the ales we have here will be as good as his dad's. He won't let standards slip."