NEW landlord Martin Hindmarsh has employed a new head chef to cook up some quality traditional pub grub – his dad.
Martin, 27, took his first steps into the pub world when he took the reins at the Smiths Arms, in Greatham, in June.
And now his venture has turned into a real family affair.
As well as employing dad Dave as the head chef, Martin is also helped out by his brother, Matthew, 23, in the kitchen and his partner, Laura Walters, 23, behind the bar.
When Martin took over the village pub his initial focus was to get customers through the door.
But when he turned his attention to the food side of the business, there was only one man for the job.
“My dad’s brilliant at the job, he’s done it for a long time and I was over the moon when he was happy to help out,” said the dad-of-three.
In fact Dave, 44, jumped at the chance.
A chef of 28 years’ experience, Dave has recently been working as a catering lecturer at Middlesbrough College but fancied getting back into the kitchen himself.
“I had a fantastic eight years at Middlesbrough College but it was getting a little bit more stressful and I’ve always said when you’re not happy it’s time to move on,” said Dave, who is now living at the pub.
“This is a new challenge, it’s a fantastic pub and obviously I’m even more motivated and focused on doing well for Martin’s sake.”
Dave says he always knew Martin would go into business - and although he’s not going to step on his son’s toes he’s happy to be able to offer his advice and support.
“He’s been an entreupeneur since he was 13,” explained Dave.
“This is a great opportunity for him and I’ll be there to help to make sure he keeps his focus on the job, which I know he will.
“I’m really proud of him.”
Meanwhile, Martin says the decision to employ his dad is already paying off.
“The food is going really well already,” said Martin, who splits his time between living at the pub and his home, in Middlesbrough.
“My dad is really good to work with as well, he asks questions but he’s really laid back and he loves his job.”