|Phil and Ruth: The early days|
In the early days regular visitors included Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck, Graham Chapman of the Monty Python troupe, Oscar-nominated actor Jason Miller, Alan Price, Cary Grant, Davy Jones of the Monkees and many others from the worlds of film and music. Nicole Kidman used to stop in for bangers and mash when she was married to Tom Cruise and on one memorable occasion The Who's wild man drummer Keith Moon was banned for simulating sex on the floor in front of the bar.
|Phil and Ruth today|
And so it went on.....the names would fill a giant book and the photographs that lined the walls in Phil's day were a testament to the literally hundreds of famous visitors who made the pub their temporary home.
Phil and Ruth sold the business, which by then had grown to take up the whole block, some seven years ago and retired to the desert but they return regularly, most recently for a party to celebrate the pub's 40th anniversary.
There, during a long night of drinking and dancing with music supplied by D. J. Stubbsy, they renewed old friendships and saw regulars and staff they hadn't seen for years.
"Nothing's changed," marvelled Phil. "Tonight it's just the same as it always was. But Santa Monica---that's really changed. Now it's a big, busy city. It used to be a village."