I hate to admit it, but I’m not an early riser. It’s probably why the hospitality industry suits me so well! I get up and I’ll make myself a full English cooked breakfast. Working around food so much makes you really appreciate meal times and if I have the time to do so, I’ll always make an effort when preparing a meal.
My day at work starts around midday. I check in with the team. We have a very close-knit team at Oddfellows and most of the management team have worked together for a long time by hospitality standards – so it feels like a home from home.
Lunch service at The Garden is very relaxed. We have shoppers popping in, informal business lunches and ladies who lunch!
Lunch usually runs straight into our afternoon tea service. Afternoon tea is so popular here. We like to think Oddfellows has something a little bit different to offer and our chefs can have fun with our afternoon tea offering. We offer a Mad Hatters afternoon tea in our tea rooms where everything is not as it seems!
Dinner service starts around six and in between service I’m busy prepping up the restaurant and making sure everything is ship shape. We have a brand new menu coming out so I also have a lot of training to do with the team. They need to taste every dish and the wines that could go with it.
Service is a busy team, which like most people in my industry, I thrive on. Weekends are especially lively – sometimes not finishing until the early hours of the morning.
The Oddfellows team heads out for an after work drink after we have closed up – I like to take the team out for a reward after a particularly busy service and it is a chance to unwind for us all.
After a busy day, there is nothing more I want to do than relax at home, either listening to music or watching television.
At the weekends, I have a chance to relax with my family. I live with my mum and sister in Christleton and we’re a close family. Any any holiday time is spent on holiday – usually somewhere exotic and far away or if not, then Wales!
I have a line in interesting suits! I’m always getting teased at work as it is becoming a bit of a trademark. My favourite at the moment is a tartan number.
What is the favourite part of your job?
My customers. We have a very high service standard, but our customers are great fun and some have become good friends. I have a brilliant time at work because of them.
What is the least favourite part of your job?
Paperwork. I’m in the hospitality industry because I love people, not paper!
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now?
Playing rugby for England.
How do you relax when you are not working?
Spending time with the family. I enjoy taking them out for nice meals. Also socialising after work!
What is your favourite film?
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
What is your favourite book?
What is your favourite song?
Anything by Mumford and Sons.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you?
Robert De Niro.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet?
Not really. I’m sure it is coming soon! I have met Prince Charles and Prince Phillip if that counts!
- Name: Jack Brightwell
- Job: Restaurant Manager, The Garden, Oddfellows
- Born: Greenwich, London
- Lives: Christleton
- Education: Christleton High School, Salford University
- Family: Single, no children
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