Dave Roche from Allerton Manor shares the tricks of the trade and talks about how he got started in the industry…
Tell us about your role…
I took on the role about four months ago and it’s been a great move for me personally. Having spent the last seven years running restaurants across the city I am delighted to have joined the team here and instantly felt at home. I’m usually in for 8.30am. I start the day with a walk round the site, checking in with the kitchen, front of house staff, events team, golf shop and greenkeepers. We are very busy in the restaurant from breakfast right through to dinner.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
That no day is the same! With the size of the estate here, we always have something different going on – from a busy restaurant service, to weddings and other events in The Hay Loft, golf competitions and live sport in Fletcher’s Bar. I haven’t worked that closely with weddings before joining, and there’s certainly a lot of job satisfaction that comes from running someone’s big day.
Tell us about the team you work with
The team is fantastic, a real pleasure to work with. We’ve recently promoted Robbie Parr to head chef. He came in at junior sous level, has risen up through the ranks and is currently working on launching his first menu for us.
Do you have any particular favourite dishes on the menu or drinks on the bar?
The steak baguette or roasted salmon on the new menu are my favourites. When it comes to drinks, I’m not the most adventurous, usually a pint of Peroni does the job!
How did you get started in the industry?
I was studying at university 18 years ago and I worked as a bartender in Loaf in Chester. I then moved to Edinburgh where I joined Living Ventures, moving to Liverpool to take over Alma de Cuba, then opened Lucha Libre and Miyagi.
What would be your advice to someone looking to follow in your footsteps?
The industry is extremely hard and demanding. You need to really love it or else you’ll struggle. It’s also fantastically rewarding: looking after guests, delivering weddings, training and developing staff.
What brought you to Allerton Manor?
I’ve lived in Liverpool for 11 years and it’s always been a place I have spent a lot of time. I’ve been playing golf here since I arrived. I have been a regular customer in The Old Stables since it opened a few ago. I got talking to the owner on NYE last year and he mentioned that they were in the market for a new GM, I met him mid-January and the rest is history.
What have been your proudest moments in the job?
Delivering the Fan Zone for the Champions league final. We had 800 supporters on site, two giant screens, four mobile bars. The night was a fantastic success
When you get a rare moment off, what do you like to do?
If I have a day off during the week I will play golf, any time I get off over the weekend is family time.
Dave Roche is general manager at Allerton Manor Golf Club, Allerton Rd, Liverpool L18 3JT, https://allertonmanorgolfclub.com.