Mat has worked in the Pierhouse Ferry Bar and Restaurant for 3 seasons. Always ready to say hello with a broad, warm smile, Mat is very popular with our guests as one restaurant diner wrote to tell us:
"Three of us visited your Restaurant for lunch and I feel I must let you know that we were over the moon with the food and the service that we received. I must make a point of mentioning your waiter, I am sorry I don't know his name, however he is from the Czech Republic, so that may help you to identify him!! He was so friendly and efficient and is a credit to your hotel. Please be assured we will return to sample more delights (the west coast bass was out of this world) when we are in the area again."
At the start of the season we sent Mat on a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders course as part of our staff development programme. We are thrilled that Mat completed and passed the course. Mat feels he has gained many new valuable skills and a better understanding of the licensing laws which will benefit our customers. We are hoping that with this qualification Mat will be able to progress to a more senior supervisory position within the hotel and this will further his career in the hospitality industry. The qualification is widely valued and recognised by employers in the industry, which will help Mat in future career opportunities.
Mat also spent some time earlier in the year brushing up on his local knowledge. He went on a Castle Stalker Tour with Alasdair Allward, a member of the family who own the castle. It was a fascinating trip and Mat can now tell guests about the tour from first hand experience. Tours run throughout the summer - see availability here or ask at Reception when you arrive at the hotel. Alternatively, you can see the impressive exterior of Castle Stalker from the sea on an Appin Boat Tour trip which run twice a day from the pier in front of the hotel. See here for more info.
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