Tim WoodAssistant Food & Beverage Manager, Merton Hotel
How does Jersey compare to the other places you’ve worked in the world?
Having worked throughout the UK and in New Zealand, I love how Jersey has a really friendly and welcoming vibe. From the day I started, I have enjoyed living in Jersey. It is an amazing place to go out and experience. You can always find something that you haven’t seen before, and find something new to do.
I love the many bays and coves that Jersey has to offer, and there are some fantastic restaurants out there, as well as the Speakeasy Bars (I do love a good Gin and Tonic!).
What’s the best part of your role?
Although I work in Food and Beverage, I love meeting and welcoming our guests - both repeat guests who have been coming for years, who feel more like family than guests, and those visiting Jersey for the first time. I love it when a guest comes back and tells you that they really enjoyed what you recommended to them. I also like solving guests' issues, and that moment especially when they are about to head home, and they say "See you next year, how you looked after us was fantastic!"
What would your advice be to someone thinking of moving to the island to work at The Merton?
My advice to anyone thinking of moving to Jersey to work for the Merton is DO IT! You learn so much and have many new experiences when you move away from home, you truly learn about the real you. I don’t think there could be a more welcoming place in the Northern Hemisphere than Jersey, for you to take that real first step into Hospitality away from your home.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt during your time at The Merton?
People Management. Working at the Merton, you work with so many people that have been here for many years, you learn how to deal with each one differently. You also have to remember even if you are a manager, speak to your staff, listen to them, you will learn from them, they are the real engine room that make the Merton Hotel tick.< View all Our People