Posted Monday, March 07th, 2011 by

A view from our restaurant manager  Dennis who had designs on living and working in the Lake District:

After four years studying at Rochdale Art College I secured a position for myself in a graphic art & design studio in Manchester, after working there for three years I decided I was ready to move on and further my career.

I took a week’s break in the lakes, a place I am very fond of, lots of childhood memories of family holidays that will always stay with me.   Half way through my stay I thought to myself, imagine being able to live and work in a beautiful place like the Lake District rather than a city. So by the end of the week I decided that I was going to look for employment. graphic art was out of the question as the main industry was leisure.

Decision made I went for an interview at one of the top hotels of the time, (which I will not mention).  I was very nervous as I had no experience in this line of work.  I had a fantastic interview; I was asked if I had ever done any work of this type before, I replied no,  so I thought that there was little chance of getting a position, the response from the manager who interviewed me was “great, you’ve got the job”, I could not believe it.

I went home and put my notice in and two weeks later I was here and working.  I worked for a year in Windermere then over to Harrogate for a year at the Hotel Majestic. This was a very old school hotel, silver service and flambé work was the norm, waiters in white gloves, black waist coats and aprons, very smart!  I learnt so much here it gave me a great start in a career that to this day as held me in good stead and I still enjoy. No two days are ever the same!

After a year in Harrogate I decided that the lakes was the place for me and in 1977, some 34 years ago, I came for an interview at the Beech Hill Hotel, and got the job …… well that’s another story.

To be continued ………

Dennis Heywood

Restaurant Manager

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