The in-between years

So the time has come to make something of my life.

So, to cut it a bit short. Everything I studied for at school wasn’t the job I wanted for the rest of my working days. So I upped sticks and moved to Shrewsbury. Enrolled at Radbrook College of food and went to work for the Sidoli’s. (Italian restaurant, Bakery and Gelato). Hard work, long hours, 5 years.

Then I got married and the fun stopped. Worked for Grandmet as head chef until 1986, Then got the Crème da la Crème job of being private Chef to Ian Cameron of CWT, HQ Birmingham until he retired in 1992.

That’s when I decided to go it alone and acquired the NEW INN, Needwood, Staffordshire.

Very run down old coaching inn, dating back to 1776. Well after 23 years we finally had it licked. But alas, my time to retire had come.

So now, it’s time to play

The final years of school, 17 and finished the A levels. My Mini Cooper S. End of year camping trip to the Lakes. That's my mate Thommo when he had hair. We won't say anything about mine
A very young Head Chef, I'm here with Walsall Mayor Sid Wright. Preping for the Mayors Ball. Circa 1978
1991, Prince Charles visit to Leicester. Just one of my many talents.
Getting ready for a big Valentine surprise. You have to go the extra mile, And she said yes. Paul Abbott my head chef, he plays better than he cooks. My ever best friend and true love, Vonny.
The New Inn, Needwood. Bought it in 1992. 23 years as Licensee, Chef before retiring in 2015.
If I had a chance, the leathers would be on. That's Eric on the back. The Pub Bear. As keen bikers, Gail and myself turned The New Inn into a Bikers retreat, Great BBQ's in the summer. Take a look here. If the link doesn't work, copy and paste it in your browser.
Monday was our day off. So, Eric the Bear, Gail and the Blackbird. Skeggy to Rhyl in a day