How does the owner of a 3 Star hotel make a go of it nowadays? In John Jenkinson’s case it’s by making sure that his guests never forget their stay. He owns the Evesham Hotel in Worcestershire. When I arrived after a five hour journey from Cumbria he greeted me wearing a duck tie- not a tie with a duck design on it, but a duck soft toy made into a tie. He grabbed my bags without asking ( a first in a 3 star hotel) and escorted me to my room, which was decorated in a “tropical fish” theme, which included a real aquarium under the basin in the bathroom. The key fob was a full sized teddy bear.
The whole hotel is quirky in a similar fashion and it was fun to stay in and I think it must be fun for the staff, as 14 of them have been there for more than 25 years. On this particular night there seemed to be more staff than guests, which may mean that fun comes at a price. But I’m sure that won’t worry the ebullient Mr Jenkinson one jot.