Quality breeds success
Old friends and followers of Armada blogs will be well aware of our love of and significant connection with Cheltenham and the beautiful Cotswolds.
From The Polo Canteen in Cirencester to The Wild Duck at Ewen, we followed the careers and successes of Tina Mussell and her family and enjoyed our relationship with them. It was therefore a surprise to hear that The Wild Duck had been purchased by The Lucky Onion Group, owned and run by Sam and Georgina Pearman.
Like us, you may not have known of The Lucky Onion, but a few minutes with Google and we were thrilled to see that Sam and Georgina are running two hotels and a pub in Cheltenham as well as the famous Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach, The chequers in Churchill and now The Wild Duck.
After a lifetime of financing the hotel and catering industry I was delighted to see that the golden thread of quality and understated style runs through each of the Lucky Onion’s establishments.
Not surprisingly, with Sam’s background, he started his career at Langans Brasserie in London, the menus of the gastro pubs and hotels are a delight in themselves, let alone what they promise on a plate. If you are a lover of Tom Kerridge’s style of food, you will be a fan of The Lucky Onion for life.
The blessing of not living in the Cotswolds is that we have every opportunity to visit and stay at all the Onion’s premises, as well as the superb Wild Rabbit and Kingham Plough and Feathered Nest, all near Stow-on-the-Wold.
Despite what we read of pubs closing and hotels struggling, where the owners give quality, support their staff and take a day to day interest in their business and their customers, success will surely follow them.