Gary Beach has become a well-recognised face at Thackeray’s over the years. First joining in 2006, he is now a staple of the Thackeray’s experience and knows everything there is to know about the food and wine.
We caught up with him to get to know him a bit better – here’s what we found.
How Gary ended up in the industry
By accident! Having worked at a bakers through his school holidays he developed a keen interest in food, which later fuelled a passion for catering. However it was working in pubs & bars which really ignited his desire to pursue catering as a career.
Gary worked his way around the country in a variety of bars, clubs & restaurants until finally returning to the South East to help a friend run what turned out to be a very successful restaurant. When this was sold he moved into country house hotels as this seemed to be the best stepping stone to progress his career.
However, Gary always saw this as a step on he ladder rather than a destination and when the opportunity came up to join Thackeray’s, alongside one of the best chefs in the South East, he took the opportunity with both hands.
What Gary thinks makes Thackeray’s stand out
In Gary’s opinion, what makes Thackeray’s stand out is a dedication to ‘the experience’. A lot of places will focus on one or two aspects of the offering, but not many are truly customer centric in every respect.
What he’s excited about this winter
As the nights draw in people tend to stay for longer and use Thackeray’s as a destination. “I love the bustle of a busy bar, the coziness of the dining room & the opportunity to serve a great range of after dinner cocktails” said Gary.
It’s at this time of year when you can really see what he means by the ‘all-round’ experience of Thackeray’s.
Past that and into the new year, there’s always plenty new happening at Thackeray’s. Gary’s got some exciting plans that will be shared in due course.
Gary’s current favourite dish at Thackeray’s
Chart Farm Roe Deer Chop with Smoked Venison Haggis – whats not to like! Great opportunity to crack open some really big red wines!
Gary’s current favourite wine at Thackeray’s
Alion, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2009. “Truly awesome! Not cheap but comparable to any of the big Bordeux.”
Truly awesome, not cheap but comparable to any of the big Bordeaux