STEPHEN HEATH - CHEF PATRON
Stephen was born and bred in Sheffield and after leaving school he underwent his classical training with the Trusthouse Forte Group.
With over 35 years of kitchen experience in both the UK and Middle East, he is a seasoned professional Chef with extensive cooking knowledge and skill. His passion for sophisticated food coupled with his enthusiasm for sourcing the right ingredients has brought him both customer recognition and commercial longevity in a demanding but rewarding profession.
Now in his second decade as Chef Patron, Stephen continues to create innovative menus which have led to the Inn quietly maturing into a restaurant of some standing.
LAURA HEATH - OWNER
Laura is local to Retford and has been working in the catering and hospitality industry for over 30 years.
In addition to the food, the success that the Inn has enjoyed can be attributed to Laura’s ability to forge strong, long lasting friendships with guests who continue to return and support the business.
The Inn’s high standard of service and relaxed ambience are largely down to her front of house management and she gains immense enjoyment from entertaining guests and making a positive difference to their dining experience, whether introducing them to new wine or explaining the detail of each dish on our menu.
MICHAEL LUNNON - SOUS CHEF
Michael joined the Inn as an Apprentice in 2001.
He has spent the past decade developing his cooking knowledge and skill and is now a very talented and experienced professional Chef, comfortable working in any section of the kitchen. His focus, dedication and work ethic led to his promotion to Sous Chef in 2005.
In recent years, Michael’s culinary background meant that he was the perfect person to take on the responsibility of training and mentoring the new Apprentices, an undertaking he thoroughly enjoys.
JOE OXENBURY - DEVELOPMENT CHEF
Joe joined the Inn as an Apprentice in 2006.
Talented, creative and ambitious, he has completed a number of stagieres at some of the world’s best restaurants, including The Fat Duck (3 Michelin star), The Ledbury (2 Michelin star) and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (3 Michelin star) where he received outstanding feedback.
Given his natural aptitude, Joe was promoted to Development Chef in 2011. He has a passion for pastry and under his stewardship, the pastry section has developed rapidly, its products improved, its methods refined.
NICK LONGDEN - RESTAURANT MANAGER
Nick joined the Inn in 2000 and manages the restaurant.
He is now considered an institution and is a dear friend to many customers who visit the Inn.
Welcoming, professional and with an eye for detail, Nick manages his team of Restaurant Servers to provide exceptional service.
Nick also plays an important role in dressing the restaurant to give it a wonderfully elegant feel and provides training to new members of our front of team, ensuring that the Inn’s high service standards are maintained.
KIM SHAKESPEARE - DUTY MANAGER
Kim joined the Inn in 2005 and is now the Duty Manager.
Calm, self-assured and gracious, she is an important member of the team responsible for taking bookings, responding to customer enquiries, dressing the restaurant for service and housekeeping.
Kim will always give you a warm welcome and make you feel at ease.
Well-known to many of our regular guests, life at the Inn just wouldn’t be the same without her.
CHRIS CALLINSWOOD - DUTY MANAGER
Chris joined the Inn in 1999 and is now the Duty Manager.
Over the years, her hard work and dedication has significantly contributed to the success of the business.
Indeed, her exceptional organisational skills and customer focused attitude means that Chris continues to be a key member of staff and a great friend to many of our regular customers who visit the Inn at lunch time.