As we eagerly await the launch of the all new Temple Inn, we thought you might like to get to know some of the new faces you’ll see around the pub very soon; firstly lets start by introducing you to our Pub Manager.
Behind every great pub, there is a great Pub Manager, keeping the cogs turning and ensuring the enjoyment and satisfaction of both customers and staff. So we’re pleased to ‘introduce’ you to the Pub Manager of The Temple Inn, Nathaniel Thatcher (better known as Nat).
Nat has been part of the team at Red Mist Leisure for over 5 years, helping to manage our sister pubs and being an essential team member in the day to day running of them.
What was your dream job when you were growing up?
When I was young I always wanted to be a builder. I loved all the tipper trucks and cranes and all that jazz.
Where did you grow up and why did you choose the pub industry to work in?
I’ve spent most of my life in the Farnham area, including just down the road from The Duke of Cambridge, which is how I was introduced to Red Mist Leisure. The reason I’ve stayed in the same area is for the lovely people, the customers and the great team of colleagues I work with.
What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?
I feel my biggest achievement is my career. Going from a shy kitchen porter to soon managing my own pub and doing every job role on my journey to get to where I am today.
What are you most excited about for the all new Temple Inn?
I’m excited to meet all the locals and of course, also greet some new faces to the pub. It’s evident from all the support we’ve had so far, that the pub is very special to people and that’s what I think is so important and vital when running a pub. Pubs are about people and that’s the most exciting thing for me.
What cocktail would you recommend people try at The Temple?
An espresso martini. My absolute favourite!
What’s your favourite thing about British Pubs?
The casual drinks and dining experience, it can’t be replicated in my opinion. From the pub classics that are so simple and yet are so delicious, to meeting up with friends after a long day at work to chew the fat; it’s something that us Brits know how to do very well I think!
What is your favourite classic pub dish?
It’s got to be a burger! For me, it’s a go to and also a telling sign, if the burger is good then there’s hope for the rest of the menu.
If you could invite anyone in the world to come and dine at The Temple Inn, who would it be?
I would love to invite David Attenborough… What a man! He’s like a grandfather to the nation and I bet he has some great stories to tell over a pint or two.
What’s your signature drink that your nearest and dearest know to order for you?
They all know that I’m not the fussiest of men when it comes to drinks… However, a nice pale ale will always go down well, particularly a pint of Shed Head; a great Swedish brewed fruity APA.
Do you have any hobbies/passions outside of work?
Although I’m customer facing at work, I do love getting stuck into the kitchen at home as a little ‘escape’ and cooking my favourite, roast lamb!
Tell us a random fact about yourself that not many people know…
I have a talent for spinning things on my finger… if it’s flat then I can spin it! Trays, laptops, menus, folders, iPad’s, you name it, I’ll spin it!
Nat is extremely excited to welcome you to the new Temple Inn and looks forward to meeting everybody. He welcomes any feedback/ideas you may have, so feel free to say hi and have a chat, if you see him at any of our sister pubs in the meantime.
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