Jolene and Gabriel are our live-in managers here at The Old Quay House, and work closely with hotel manager Martin. Regular visitors to the hotel have almost certainly met them before but we thought our blog might be a good opportunity for you to get to know them a little better and hear what they like about Fowey.
Jolene and Gabriel are originally from South Africa and Romania, respectively. They both spent time working in the hospitality industry in the US before moving to the UK, and joined the hotel team in the spring.
Jolene says, “Our favourite thing about Cornwall is being by the sea. Living in Fowey we are lucky enough to have a wonderful view of the estuary. I have a particular spot I like to go to along the esplanade, where there are steps right down to the water. It’s a great place to take in the scenery. On our days off we like to go walking, and often end the afternoon with a cream tea.”
Gabriel is restaurant manager and works closely with our head chef Ben Bass. He says, “Everything at Q is locally sourced, which gives our visitors a great taste of Cornwall. I have a fantastic team that genuinely love where they work, and this shows in their service to our guests.”
Even for the staff, The Old Quay House’s terrace is the standout feature. Jolene says, “We love the fantastic views over the estuary and across to Polruan, and think it is this and the personal touches around the hotel that make people feel at home and want to return. The fact that each room is individually designed is often pointed out by our guests.”