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 CHRIS CHEEK