For my 100th episode I really wanted to get a bit of an industry super star in my eyes. Robin Hutson has been on my list of people I’ve wanted to chat to since day one of launch.
I live within a pretty easy cycle of two of Robin’s PIG hotels – Pig on the Beach in Studland and Pig in the Forest in Brockenhurst. I LOVE what Robin has created.
I’ve seen Robin talk at a couple of hotel events and in essence he just knows his stuff. He oozes common sense and his attention to detail is exemplary. His venues have plenty of open grounds, an awesome kitchen garden supplying the kitchen with exceptional seasonal produce, relaxed ambience and surroundings, good food and wonderfully designed venues, but not pretentious. It really is just a great business and his occupancy figures and margins are the envy of many a competitor.
They say never meet your heroes, and I was worried having finally organised a meeting I’d be disappointed. But Robin was generous with his time, enthusiastic with his stories and I felt privileged to get to poke and prod at one of our hospitality greats in his own venue.
So there could not really be a more fitting person for my 100th show. A genuine human of hospitality.
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