Last month we were delighted to welcome back our Head of Hospitality – Andrew Pratt. Here, we get to know him a little bit better…
Where did you work before Bowcliffe Hall?
I worked at the Box Tree Restaurant in Ilkley, an award winning restaurant that has won top accolades over the last 60 years. I was a manager for 14 years serving some amazing food and providing fine dining service.
What does an average day look like in your role?
Always busy, checking the team are set for the day, looking at the weeks ahead, planning the smaller members’ events. I like being hands on, so always happy to help out where needed.
What’s your favourite part about working at Bowcliffe Hall?
Number one is working with the team! We have a great hospitality team that has a wealth of knowledge and expertise which makes the job easier. Number two is the variety of events we do. Every day is different, so there’s never a dull moment.
How much has the hospitality industry changed since COVID? Do you think any of the changes will be permanent?
It was a tough time like it was for everyone. The industry has changed, and businesses have had to adapt where needed. Staffing was the main problem as a number did leave the industry and change profession, but it has already started to bounce back.
What is your favourite event space at Bowcliffe Hall?
The Drivers’ Club is my favourite space, during the day providing for our tenants and members. In the evening we can turn the room around for any private corporate event or wine dinner.
Why should new clients consider Bowcliffe Hall as an events venue?
Bowcliffe Hall is a hidden gem. It has the ‘wow’ factor as you drive through the gates with the grandeur of the building. It has a good number of event spaces that can be tailored to the clients’ needs. There’s something for everyone.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
When not at work I spend time riding my bike, enjoying the rolling country lanes of the Yorkshire Dales, which gives me time to switch off and recharge. Not forgetting a glass of wine or two at the end!
What is your favourite wine and why?
I love a good white Burgundy, having taken several trips to the area: it is magical. I take the bike and cycle through the vineyards picking up the odd bottle on the way.