New restaurant manager has plans aplenty for the Maynard

July 25, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
A new restaurant manager has joined the experienced team at The Maynard in Grindleford, Derbyshire. Jules Evans has risen through the ranks from pot washer to restaurant manager in a career spanning 15 years, and will be putting his skills to good use at the popular Peak District hotel and restaurant.

Jules has worked in London’s West End and Soho establishments, as well as in the Alps and Antibes, in France. The Sheffield man started off in the catering industry at the age of 17 and has since done a variety of related jobs including chef, bartender, waiter and pub manager. It was during the planning of his own wedding reception at The Maynard in August last year that he struck up a rapport with director Paul Downing. “My fiancée and I were looking around for the ideal wedding location. We decided on The Maynard because it was the best place in every respect. The fact that my parents-in-law had their wedding reception there 35 years ago also made it very special for us,” he adds.

So when Jules got the call from Paul asking him to join the team at The Maynard, the opportunity was too good to pass up. “It’s time to settle down, and what better place to do it than The Maynard,” he adds.

Paul Downing is confident in his new recruit’s abilities. Paul said: “Having met Jules and organised his wedding, I liked his attitude and approach. I though he would be good for the business and I had no hesitation in offering him a position. I’m sure Jules will do well as our restaurant manager and we wish him well with his career at The Maynard”.

Jules, who describes The Maynard as “contemporary and yet also traditional, with a great atmosphere” has already begun his work with relish. “It’s all about selling the restaurant, telling people how brilliant it is, how much it has changed and how we offer something really different. I want it to be a place where people are comfortable bringing their kids on a Sunday. Our service standards are high as you would expect from an AA rosette establishment, but we are not stuffy about food or the restaurant; all the family are welcome at The Maynard. We want people to laugh out loud and have a good time here”.
Further information about the restaurant and the venue’s facilities is available by telephoning 01433 630321 or visiting the website at