Well let's face it. It doesn't matter what is done to The Bull, it always comes out ok in the end. Only a couple of years ago Kenton was on his uppers and had to borrow from the Dopeys to keep the pub open. Now it seems, people are flocking from far and wide and its packed every day. Where have all the customers appeared from? Who knows?
Presumably the useless idiot Lilian produced is just a way of getting her out of the day to day running of the Bull.
Eccles has been around for ever though according to that link they can live a long time so maybe, for once, its realistic!