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Man buys pub but then finds something more valuable under his rooms


A Macclesfield owner was lifted from his lowest point after discovering a potential gold mine under his acquired pub. The discovery has since multiplied his net worth several times.

Doran Binder’s inspirational story began in 2016 when he bought the Craig Inn in Wildboarclough to start an advertising business. The acquisition of the property followed his heartbreaking divorce, which left him at a rock bottom.

Shortly after claiming ownership of the establishment and launching his little country pub, the owner discovered he was sitting on liquid gold.

A man who found a gold mine in a pub he bought. | Photo: Instagram / Cragspringwater

He remembers running out of money after the big purchase and needing money to pay for his water supply. Yet the need to deal with water problems prompted him to embark on the arduous task of digging for water until he broke the aquifer and had the water tested.

Both processes required high bills, which he had to pay. However, knowing that it was necessary as part of the annual inspection to ensure that the water was safe for human consumption, urged him to continue.

Things took a turn for the worse when the owner dug 27 meters into the ground under the pub and discovered water with unusual properties.

Laboratory tests revealed that the aquifer beneath his pub sank with more than 700,000 liters of one of the purest water in the world.

When word of his discovery spread, several high-end beverage companies approached him for a collaboration. But he refused them, preferring to launch his own bottling operation.

It rose to success in no time, exporting supplies to companies in India, the United States, and China, among others. His quick success still seems like a dream for the father of five, who only bought the pub as a last resort after his divorce.

A bar with a few draft beers.  |  Photo: Pixabay

A bar with a few draft beers. | Photo: Pixabay

Blair Water, the company responsible for the annual testing, discovered the amazing properties of water years ago. However, the former pub owners never thought of monetizing the find, no matter how hard they tried to convince them.

Richard Taylor, the owner of the company, briefed Binder on the amazing properties of his water at their first meeting, saying:

“I’ve been drilling water for forty years, all over the world, and it’s the best water I’ve drilled a mile, anywhere.”

A bar.  |  Photo: Pixabay

A bar. | Photo: Pixabay

Taylor also explained that despite the lack of geological signs indicating good water in the area, the owner of the pub had certainly touched “a vein of gold, flowing straight from the hill of Shutlingsloe”.

In June, another pub owner discovered a hidden treasure beneath his establishment and enthusiastically shared the news with the world.

Owner Toby Brett, who ran the Holcombe Farmshop and Kitchen in Radstock, Somerset, has found a mysterious time capsule left behind by the original owners.

A bar filled with various alcoholic drinks |  Photo: Pixabay

A bar stocked with various alcoholic drinks | Photo: Pixabay

The package included a 1971 price list, several euro cents, a £ 1 an hour payslip, stamps, car tax discs and old coasters. It also included a good luck note that read “to the current owner of a previous owner”.

Brett cherished the discoveries, which was an ode to the restaurant’s history, and was keen to infuse them into various structures of the establishment as it refurbished.