Drew Tanner, Bars Manager

Meet the Team: Drew Tanner, Bars Manager

Wednesday 29 October 2014

In our latest Meet the Team blog, we'd like to introduce one of our newest members of staff, Drew Tanner, our Bars Manager. Drew tells us all about his favourite part of the hotel, and has plenty of great travel tips for football fanatics visiting the area.

Name: Drew Tanner
Role at the Chateau: Bars Manager
Has worked here for: Four months

The best thing about working at Chateau Impney is …

I get to drive through the Chateau’s stunning grounds on my way into work, just like the Hill Climb competitors of the 1950s and 1960s. Of course, I’m not speeding around Impney Drive in a very fast car, but as I approach the Chateau, I definitely get the same ‘wow’ factor that our guests do when they first arrive.

If I could choose to swap jobs for a day with anyone else at the Chateau, it would be …

I would swap with Ian Gelling, our Director of Food and Beverage. The prospect of overseeing all of the food and beverage operations interests me because every day is always different – from assisting with weddings in the Grand Ballroom to working a busy hot plate in The Impney Restaurant & Bar.

My favourite part of the hotel is …

For me, the Grand Bar’s classic décor and warm atmosphere epitomises everything that Chateau Impney has to offer. It’s the heart of the hotel, and as well as offering a great place to relax with a drink or an afternoon tea, it serves as a gateway to the Grand Ballroom when there’s a function or a wedding on, or a quick meeting spot to do business in when on the road.

The one place in the West Midlands that our guests should visit is …

As a devoted football fan, it’d be difficult for me to recommend a day out in the Midlands without mentioning Molineux Stadium, which is just under an hour away from the Chateau. It’s the home ground for my favourite team, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and it has an incredible history. Match days are always a truly exhilarating experience, and as far as football stadiums go, it’s second to none.

My favourite dish on the Chateau menu is …

There is nothing better than sitting on the terrace on a sunny day and indulging with a Chateau High Tea. Cake and Champagne is always a winning combination!

The one local event that you shouldn’t miss when you stay at the Chateau is …

The Stoke Prior Steam Rally in Bromsgrove features lots of classic cars and motorbikes, as well as displaying some more unusual vehicles. It normally takes place in September, and there’s lots of family-friendly entertainment across the whole weekend, including stunt shows and dog shows.

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