Andrew Morton

I haven’t looked back

I work in the bar at the Thurlestone Hotel on the South Devon coast near Salcombe and I start the day by making sure the bar area is ready for service, the staff are working as a team to get all the prep work done and that the bar is clean and ready for a busy service, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”.

When the stock control manager goes away on holiday I also cover his job, this includes ordering everything for the hotel e.g. wine and beer, shower gels etc for rooms, light bulbs, food, and more, to keep the hotel well stocked up and ensure that the guests aren’t running out of toilet paper!

I have recently finished an NVQ level 2 in multi skilled hospitality, which has helped me quite a lot with being more efficient in my job and has been very interesting learning different ways of doing things. I have also done a foundation wine course where I learnt about different types of wine, whilst tasting a few as well. I have my personal licence and am going on to do my level 3 NVQ and a professional bartending course, where I will be trained how to make cocktails by a professional and how to juggle cocktail shakers!!

When I left school, I went into the motor trade as a panel beater but after a while I found it boring, so having worked at the Thurlestone part time, I decided to go full time and give up my panel beater job. So far I haven’t looked back.

The best part of the job is meeting different people, both staff and guests. Everyday is different and brings new challenges. I also love tasting different, good quality food and drink. The only downside is that the hours are sometimes long and unsociable.

I want to stay in hospitality and would like to work abroad. Career-wise I hope to be head of department, or perhaps managing my own restaurant or bar.

I would advise anyone thinking of working in hospitality to have fun - wherever you go!

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