Employment and Skills

Licensee champions youth employment in ‘poor’ Cornwall

By Sara Hussein

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An award-winning operator has spoken about his commitment to encourage young people into the hospitality industry in Cornwall. 

Rob Brewer and his wife Lucy, who run the Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown, said that despite living in a “poor county”, there are many opportunities for young people to develop their careers, rather than moving out of Cornwall to the big cities.

He said: “Cornwall’s lovely and picturesque, but it’s still quite a poor county.

“The economy is driven by food, drink, tourism and catering, so it’s been our commitment to try and develop people into having a career within this industry.”

Brewer added: “You certainly can get there and earn quite a bit of money out of it, but it’s about getting people that job and career.

Key Facts

Address:​ The Rashleigh Arms,  Charlestown Road, Charlestown, PL25 3NJ 

Turnover:​ £1.65m 

Wet/dry split: ​40% dry, 40% wet, 20% accomodation

Best dishes:​ Classic west County Mussels: £14.95 (reg), £7.75 (small)

“It’s a reason not to leave Cornwall and help boost the local economy.

“One of our kitchen porters is now a second chef, another member of our team started off as a bar staff and is now our senior assistant manager.

“It’s a massive asset to the business and it’s that commitment to give someone, or our team, a career or a job that’s not minimum wage and you can earn quite big money out of it.”

The Brewers have owned the Rashleigh Arms for 10 years and have won a string of awards, including the British Institute of Innkeeping’s Licensee of the Year Award for 2016 in June.

Rashley Arms

For a more in-depth read, you can find out more in the My Pub feature in next issue of The Morning Advertiser​.

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