join my loon army
When we started Yummy on the back of a beer mat in 2006, we always knew it would be our people that would make the greatest difference in our company & we were right. Yummy is currently six beautiful buildings without the people inside them, they're just beautiful buildings.
My loon army is what makes Yummy special, we never lose sight of that & we invest heavily in nurturing the best talent in hospitality.
We are always recruiting & looking for stars to join the business. We started with 3, we now have +150 individuals in the business, delighting & entertaining customers everyday....
Head of this & that
Anthony is the clever one. He studied business, likes reading books, loves spreadsheets & stops everyone from spending money.
He's also the most handsome.
Head of Being Awesome
Tim is the real loon of Yummy. He is the guy who does all of our marketing, websites & photography with some help from our team.
All spelling mistakes & poor grammar is down to him.
head of Food Things
Jason is our foodie star. He is the company exec chef & all-round boss man of the food. Together with his team, he is building the Ultimate Pub Menu in Yummy, an adventure we began in 2015.
He's 'uncle' to every one is Yummy.
Let me introduce you to my army, my family...
We have six beautiful pubs scattered in London, Surrey & Kent. We are far more than just a pub though in all our venues, it's something we have focused the past 10 years of development on. So, come & have a look...
Lets start at the beginning of our journey, 2007 with The Wiremill, our stunning 15th Century mill set on it's own 26 acre lake. The Mill is cosy in winter & stunningly beautiful in the summer months. A short drive down our track from the A21 between East Grinstead (West Sussex) & Lingfield (Surrey) you will find yourself winding down the lane & then coming across the mill. With six boutique guest bedrooms, dinning for 100 guest inside & a further 200 on the outside terrace it's quite a place.
The in 2009 we moved across the country to Kent. The Grove Ferry Inn is a special 18th Century mansion sat on the banks of the Great Stour River & opposite the natural wet lands of the Stodmarsh Nature Reserve, a World heritage site. Boasting the riverside decking, a riverside bar, taproom & the boat house function room, as well as six guest bedrooms & Ellen Marie our electric passenger boat there is plenty to keep you occupied day & night.
In 2011 we decided to take our approach of countryside dining & hospitality into London. We opened The Somers Town Coffee House in November 2011 & have given the folk of Euston & St Pancras a fantastic London pub to be proud of. In 2012 we developed the upstairs rooms to create Ssshh, our hidden meeting & dining rooms & with their success a year later we developed Cosy Kettle, our speakeasy cocktail club in the basement. With 12 real ales on tap, one craft cider, a huge range of craft bottled & packaged beers, wines & spirits we have one of the best selections to be found in London. Match that to our British Tapas dishes from Jason's kitchen & you have a very exciting pub to visit!
In 2012 we ventured south & found a lovely little boozer in Tooting, The Gorringe Park. Having been neglected from development for sometime, we invested heavily in the building, creating a boutique cinema in the basement, library & alchemy meeting & dinning rooms on the first floor & totally transforming the pub on the ground floor. A great London local as we call it, The Gorringe has become the favorite for a huge number of our local residents in Tooting.
In 2014 he went East & took The Victoria in Mile End into the collection. Formerly a live music venue with a host of problems with the local residents we took the Vic to what we do best; great fresh food, honest hospitality & a sense of fun. We again invested heavily in the pub, transforming the basement to Magris, a speakeasy with mirrored one way glass, a sun room extension & private meeting & dining rooms on the 1st floor including a dining room, open kitchen room & the lodge room. With a huge outdoor garden, Charlies cocktail caravan & our lazy pods, it's a fab summer escape.
Our last, but by no means least adventure so far is The Stoke Newington Tea House. Opened in December 2015 The Tea House is a real gem. With our tea school meeting & dining room on the first floor, our cavern wine bar in the basement & over 100 different types of teas on the ground floor, with a craft beer wall, hidden garden & rooftop terrace there is plenty to keep you coming back time & time again.
We have private meeting & dining rooms scattered through out our pubs, all quirky & different. If you're looking for a central London space; Ssshh, our four unique rooms are based through a bookshelf above The Somers Town Coffee House. If you're lookingfor a space in any of our London locals, we have the tea room above The Stoke Newington Tea House, in Stoke Newington. The board room, lodge room & kitchen room above The Victoria, Mile End. The library & alchemy rooms are located above The Gorringe Park in Tooting which also boasts a boutique cinema that can be hired both day & night.
The Grove Ferry has it's own boathouse which sits directly onto the river with riverside decking, used for meetings, wedding receptions, parties & more.
So, if it's a meeting room, private dining or event space you are looking for, we have a huge range of options in the collection.
Speak to us about booking any of the spaces email@example.com
The rooms at the mill are in the oldest part of the pub, on the lower level. Unique in offer, each with en-suite shower room (with the exception of Mynt, which has its own roll top bath), they boast king size beds, Egyptian 5* cotton, plasma TV's & the usual bits & bobs. Located just 15 minutes from Gatwick Airport it's a perfect stop off before or after your flight.
The 6 rooms at The Grove Ferry are located above the pub. Spacious, rooms with en-suite shower rooms, double & king size beds, family rooms, a honeymoon suite & two rooms that have balconies looking out onto the Great River Stour it's the perfect escape for a mid-week break or weekend escape.
With a host of animals including Pickle the Great British White pig, her pack of hobbits, the Kune Kune gang, Pedro our golden pheasant & the ducks & chickens, you can get up in the morning & help the team feed the animals. We're a short drive from the stunning coastal towns of Margate, Herne Bay & Whitstable. Equally, we as close to the historic city of Canterbury.
To book a sleepover at either of our stunning countryside pubs simply click on the links above.
Giving back is a big thing in human nature, it's a gift we all have & if you embrace it, we believe great things can happen. We have two very close relationships in Yummy, the first with The New Horizons Youth Centre, our neighbors at The Somers Town Coffee House & the second with Team Margot, both different causes, but fundamentally changing peoples lives.
New Horizons & Yummy
Shelagh & her amazing team next door have been helping vulnerable teenagers in London since 1967 (obviously they've not been there that long, but the organization has!) & we're extremely proud to be a part of changing teenagers life choices & futures. Initially we began by training individuals on our Yummy Academy for two weeks to see if they wanted a career in hospitality. From the initial success stories we began employing guys & girls full time, that was in 2012.
We have helped a huge number of kids find their feet, establish themselves to save money & get their lives back on track. We still have lots of them in the business, serving our customers day in day out.
This year we decided to go one step further. We have completely transformed the living accommodation at The Somers Town to create living space & homes for our chef academy. We now have eight apprentice chefs in Yummy, working across our London pubs, forging a future for themselves grabbing the opportunity we have created, three of the guys are from New Horizons.
We are very proud of them & the work we are able to do with the support of the amazing team new door. They are always looking for new partners, sponsors & supporters to help them not only keep the facilities already at the centre, but to broaden the reach, create new opportunities for London's often forgotten secrets.
If you're here, looking at us & thinking you could get involved, have a look below at what they are achieving & contact the centre to get involved.
The Margot foundation & Yummy
We are incredibly fortunate to have Keith Knowles, founder & owner of Beds & Bars the pan-European, backpackers & bars business as our chairman of Yummy. Keith has been our chairman since last 2015 & has had a huge impact on our business & the three of us personally. He brings a sense of professionalism, passion & direction to our business.
Keith is dedicated to making a difference to peoples lives, involved in a huge number of charities, professional bodies & organizations. He's one of those chaps who can command a room with one swift sentence, but a proud campaigner for how amazing our industry is & the difference it makes to lives around the World.
Team Margot is not about raising money, it's about awareness, especially in the youth.
It turns out just about everyone that works for us fits the bill - maybe not right now, but potentially in the future. So, as well as Keith's salary for being our chair, which he donates in it's entirety to Team Margot, we made a commitment to Margot's family we would raise awareness of the stem cell register to anyone who would listen. Every month I brief new members to Yummy about the foundation, the work they are doing, the difference they are making to peoples lives, the choice is theirs if they want to wear the wrist bands or register, there is no pressure, but as I tell them, it's probably now just a little prick in the bum (if you're lucky) & you could save a child's life.
Help beat this thing, take a look at how you can get involved too www.teammargot.com
What's HOT in Yummy?
(apart from Anthony?)
Running a boutique pub company is bloody good fun. It's also a lot of graft, crazy hours & crazy ideas but running a boutique pub company like ours is about striving for excellence. We love to crow about what we do, which is why you see & hear lots about us. We can make a difference to hospitality but also to people's lives in Yummy - every single day.
new look, same company
06.02.2017 - The Yummy Collection
We have always been far more than 'just a pub company' & for sometime our name has not allowed us to shine. So, for 2017 we've decided to have a bit of a make over. We are now re-branding our image to become The Yummy Collection.
It's not a huge multi-million £ campaign, just a simple refresh to show what we do to people who are lucky enough to have just found us. As a collection we intend to continue to break the pre-concieved notions of what a 'pub' is.
13.10.2016 - BII NITA AWARDS 2016 - BEST MANAGED COMPANY FOR TRAINING FINALISTS (30 OUTLETS OR UNDER)
This week can't really get any better can it???! Oh, yes it can. We've just been informed we are finalists in the BII NITAs 2016 - AMAZING! Next up is judging, with Tim on his feet for 30 minutes to tell the judges what we do in YPC to train, nurture & develop. Now that's going to be one happy set of judges, BLOWN AWAY with the content & Tim's charming personality, of course.
12.10.2016 YPC Chef Academy - The Official launch
If you didn't know, we have been taking kids off the streets since 2011. That's when we moved next door to the New Horizon Youth Centre on Chalton Street. They help kids from 18-21 years get themselves sorted into sheltered accommodation where possible, let them wash their clothes, see councillors & try to turn their lives around. We're hugely proud to say we have helped plentyof their kids realise there is a future for them. It's not all one way traffic, we give them 50% of the support, it's then in their court to step up for the other 50%.
The next level of our ambitions is now LIVE! Our YPC Chef Academy has been launched to the World; we're looking for the future chefs of the industry & are able to offer an opportunity for young people to change the course of their lives. It doesn't just have to be young people though, old dogs can learn new tricks too. Intrigued? Click here to see more
11.10.2016 - EAT OUT AWARDS 2016
We were shortlisted in the Eat Out Awards 2016 in not just one, or two, but three categories!! A spectacular achievement for everyone in YPC, especially as the shortlisted categories are all about our people!
Best Charity Initiative - for our work with #RAOK (Random Acts of Kindness) - Runner Up
Best Recruitment Campaign - If you're already working for us, you know how darn good it is! - Runner Up
Team of the Year - we have incredible talent in YPC & it's brilliant to be recognized - Runner Up
06.10.2016 - HIGHLY COMMENDED & NATIONAL FINALIST THE GREAT BRITISH PUB AWARDS
A MASSIVE congratulations to Billy & all his team at The Grove Ferry. On Wednesday 6th October, after already having been announced a National Finalist at The Great British Pub Awards, the Grove team also picked up a Highly Commended for best managed pub. This is a huge accolade for the pub & shows the efforts Billy & our entire team have gone too in the past 12 months.
14.06.2016 THE MUDDY STILETTOS 2016 - BEST BOUTIQUE STAY - PUBLIC VOTED AWARD - THE WIREMILL
George, Ellie & the entire team at The Wiremill blew away the competition this week to WIN the Muddy Stilettos best boutique stay award in Surrey. After a public vote to shortlist the pub & then a furious voting poll, the mill won by a massive margin of 41%! Brilliant recognition for the great work they've done in making the mill a place for a short-break getaway & because they offer real hospitality to our guests, not just service.
24.05.2016 THE NATIONAL PUB & BAR AWARDS | COUNTY WINNER 2016
Billy & the team picked up County Winners (Best Pub in Kent) for The National Pub & Bar Awards at the BAFTA in London. A fab evening, even if Tim did get a little carried away with thanking Tristan (notice the shock on this face..).
random acts of kindness
Why? because we can...
Hospitality, not service - that's the ethos we try to get our teams to embrace...
...& with hospitality comes random acts of kindness, the extra mile, the 'just because I can...'
So, with this in mind we decided to package everything we do well in Yummy into one simple thought - #RAOK
Allie, our Head of Random Acts of Kindness has so far given away sandwiches to the rough sleepers in Euston, helped school charities raise money for sick children, rewarded Lin, a wonderful Morrisons' check out lady, with a midweek break at The Wiremill for the amazing engagement she gave a family shopping at her branch in Basingstoke & much more. This is just the beginning....
See more of #RAOK here...
Do you want to get in touch with us Yummy boys? Drop us a note here & we'll come back to you or better yet, pop into one of our pubs for some tea and a biscuit.
We LOVE a good award or two. For us it's recognition of building a quality business that delivers on it's promises & whilst we don't go in for every award out there we are really proud of the ever growing trophy cabinet.
Some of our high lights include....
2010 - The Wiremill, Surrey - Freehouse of the Year, The Publican Awards
2010 - The Wiremill, Surrey, Pub of the Year, The Publican Awards
2010 - The Wiremill, Surrey, Best Food Operator, Highly Commended, The Publican Awards
2011 - The Wiremill, Surrey, Best Accommodation Pub of the Year, The Publican Awards
2013 - The Somers Town Coffee House, Innovation Pub of the Year, Top 50 Gastro Pubs
2016 - The Grove Ferry, Kent, Best Pub in the Kent, National Pub & Bar Awards