TV HOTEL inspector Alex Polizzi gave her well-respected frank advice to struggling Aldbourne publican Alan Walkers of The Crown this week during the Channel Five makeover show.

Mr Walkers believes the experience transformed his business and said: “I have had so many emails from people saying they will come in when they are next in the area and have had bookings too. There was no excuse, the buck stops with me, it was due a refurbishment and I kept putting it off. We have done so much since the show to improve it. In real terms I lose money every time I pull a pint so I rely on the rooms and restaurant to make money.”