Having grown up down the road in Par – coincidently on the very same street as Ryan Kellow, our head chef, Brandon Tregidgo is no stranger to the Fowey area. We put a few quick questions to our assistant assistant hotel manager and here’s what he said.
When did you join the team at the Old Quay House?
I joined the Old Quay House as a waiter in March 2015. I was later made the restaurant supervisor and it’s just developed from there.
Where did you work beforehand?
Before joining the team, I had always been in full education, and had part-time jobs. I graduated this year with a degree focusing on Human Resource Management, Organisational Management and Team Building. This is my first full-time job, and I’m loving every minute of it.
Tell us a little about your role?
My role at the hotel is quite diverse and versatile: I’m the assistant hotel manager but part of my role is to oversee the Q Restaurant. My role also involves keeping our team motivated and productive. I think it’s really important to reward employees when they’re doing a good job. I also assist Martin with the everyday running of the hotel.
Of the changes currently taking place under the hotel’s new ownership, what are you most excited about?
It’s a really great time to be part of the OQH team. I’m looking forward to seeing visual changes within the rooms and restaurant. Working closely with Brocante of Fowey we have been able to produce some really exciting stuff which our guests will be able to enjoy very soon.
What drink is currently on the bar menu that you recommend to guests?
Working with Charles Steevenson Wine we have been able to produce a very diverse wine list. My favourite at the moment is a Pouilly Fuisse. It’s rich and full of tropical fruits.
What are the most popular dishes on the menu at Q?
The sea bass dish with brown shrimp, fennel, cucumber and pea has been extremely popular: it’s very simple but full of flavour. The catch of the day with mussel chowder is my personal favourite.
What do you like about Fowey? Any favourite local spots?
I love Fowey. It’s unique from anywhere else I’ve been. My partner and I enjoy taking the dog for walks at Readymoney Cove and Gribbin Head. They’re both tranquil settings with amazing views.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to eat out. My partner and I particular enjoy going to Austells Restaurant in Carlyon Bay and Spinnakers at the Fowey Hotel. I am involved in a charity project called Cornwall College Volunteer Kenya and have been lucky enough to travel to Kenya on three occasions – I’m hoping to return again next year. I also love watching football, when I get the chance.