I’ve worked here for 9 years now, in various capacities and I’m pretty sure I’ve ended up in the perfect job for me – I enjoy working in hospitality and I like looking after customers and organising their visits. Working here is quite different from working in other hospitality environments as we don’t work very many evenings or weekends and our customers might be members of the public or they might be our fellow colleagues!
One of the best things about working here is getting to try all the different recipes that the chefs make, it really inspires me when I’m cooking at home. My favourite meal here is a tough choice, at the moment I think it’s the roast pork – with stuffing and apple sauce of course! Followed by cheesecake. Delicious! I also love the variation in my job, we have breakfast and lunch to serve everyday but still no two days are the same. I might be ordering stock, or doing staff rotas or something completely different!
I used to work on cruise ships which was really fun and gave me the opportunity to travel a lot which was great. It’s a difficult life though, you’re away for so long so don’t get to see your friends and family and I really missed living in the countryside. I feel lucky to live here now and when I’m not at work I go walking with friends, sometimes ending up at my local! I don’t like sitting around for too long so I’ll generally be doing something on my feet, although you might find me catching up on a TV series on a Sunday evening and a game or two goes down well when it’s raining!
There is so much care and attention put into the work we do here, you can tell by how clean the farms are and the thought that goes into the products, right through to the produce we’re using in the kitchen. It’s very clear that it’s a family run company.
Filming the farmers rapping advert was huge for everybody here, the excitement and preparation was all encompassing for the whole company I think. I also loved having Jamie Oliver in the valley, he came to take part in our Catch and Cook event, I’m sure he enjoyed his visit too as he shares a very similar outlook on food to us in the valley.
The food is great but it’s the people I work with that really makes my job brilliant!