A student bar-job in Newcastle, where Robin was studying architectural technology at Northumbria University, started an unplanned career in hospitality and led, 16 years later in 2018, to the General Manager role at St Mary’s Inn. The atmosphere, the buzz and the sociability of pubs and bars were, he confesses, a bigger attraction than technical drawing.
Robin developed his beer-keeping and managerial skills in pubs in Newcastle and Northumberland before becoming General Manager of the newly refurbished Joiners Arms in High Newton which had also added some classy bedrooms. From there, he helped with the refurbishment of another pub-with-rooms, the Lord Crewe Hotel at Bamburgh. The re-opening of St Mary’s Inn offered both another challenge and the chance to move his family nearer to Newcastle.
For Robin, no matter the quality of the food or the beer, friendly service is the key to a successful inn; if you get that right, he believes, everything else falls into place.
When not at work, Robin is likely to be rock-pooling or watching steam trains with his two young boys.
Little-known fact: Robin knows how to herd cattle, and is pretty nifty with a quad.OUR SISTER PROPERTY: JESMOND DENE HOUSE PETER CANDLER
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ST MARY’S INN, 22/03/2020
Dear Family and Friends of St. Mary’s Inn,
We are absolutely committed to the well-being, health and safety of our guests and staff.
The COVID-19 virus is rapidly spreading throughout the world and each Government is following their own strategy to minimise the impact on their people.
The UK Government have advised most recently that people should avoid pubs, theatres, clubs, and by implication, restaurants, though businesses are left to make their own operational choices based on their unique circumstances.
This is a rapidly changing situation and in order to ensure we put our guests and staff at the front of our considerations we have made the decision to temporarily close the Inn effective from 19:00hrs, Sunday, 22nd March 2020.
We will keep everyone advised as the situation changes and look forward to welcoming you all back at the earliest possible time and in accordance with future Government and WHO advice.
We wish the people of the village of Stannington, our guests who travel so far to see us, and our loyal staff and your families well through this difficult time.
The St. Mary’s Inn team