Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

Meet Christopher Jones, Front Hall Host at Bike & Boot Scarborough

At Bike & Boot, we’re experts in making a great first impression with a proper Yorkshire welcome.

In this Q&A, we’re speaking to Christopher Jones, our Front Hall Host. We discover his favourite parts of the job, secrets of the trade and of course, what dog breed he would be!

Tell us about yourself and the role, what do you enjoy the most?

I started back in July 2021, and have been with Bike and Boot for over a year now. I work as a Front Hall Host, aiming to give our guests a warm welcome and fond farewell, whilst looking after them every moment in between.

As for what I enjoy most, it’s hard to decide between seeing the smiles on happy guest’s faces, or seeing all the lovely dogs! As an animal fan, I can’t deny seeing so many dogs is a joy.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day can vary from one to the next, but mainly involves looking after our guests. You’ll find me seeing off our departures, looking after residents or welcoming new arrivals. Like any job, there is some paperwork involved, but ultimately our guests are the focus of all we do here, night or day, rain or shine, we are here for them.

What’s the secret to giving a good first impression?

The warm welcome and smile, every time. You never know who is about to walk through the door, nor what kind of day they have had. It could be a young couple eager to explore, or a large family where mum and dad are eager for bed. Everyone has different needs and we always aim to deliver, but that warm welcome and smile are always a great start.

You were Santa Paws last year and you’ll be him again this year. What’s your favourite thing about being Santa Paws?

Dogs. Need I say more?
It is a fun experience. I get to do a bit of dress up and play with the dogs. Some are nervous, some are excited, and some are too old for this stuff. All are welcome and get a fussing over. The guests love seeing their fur babies being played with, we have a chat and enjoy a laugh so a good time is had by all.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

Various interests enrich my time outside of work, but if I had to pick a first love, it would be my books. History, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry. All the better when it is a beautifully made hardback. Nothing like a wet and windy day out, then home, wrap up warm in PJs and curl up with a good book. 

If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and why?

Labrador, big with a glossy coat, intelligent but dorky, and most of all friendly and loyal to a fault. With those big brown eyes which let them get away with every stolen bit of food they can swipe.

What are you most excited for on the new Bareca Christmas menu?

I don’t think I could choose just one item! We have classics like pigs in blankets, our roasties are excellent, and the Christmas specials have the Bareca’s unique twist on Christmas food. I think It would be easier to say what I’d skip – I know it is naughty of me, but I am sure someone else will enjoy the sprouts. 

To meet Chris as his alter ego, Santa Paws, snack at our Bareca between 12 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday the 11th of December. Find out more about what’s going on at Christmas by clicking here.

Meet Jay Clements, General Manager at Bike & Boot Scarborough

Our Scarborough hotel is kept in tip-top shape by Jay Clements, the General Manager of our seaside escape. He makes sure everything always runs smoothly and never fails to look after our guests.

In our latest Q&A, we caught up with Jay and asked him what a typical day looks like for him, the best thing about working in Scarborough and most importantly – his favourite dog breed.

Tell us about yourself and your role at Bike & Boot.

I’ve been working within hotels for over 20 years and have been living and working in Scarborough for over a decade. I’ve predominantly worked within the more formal and traditional hotels and restaurants. But, having grown tired of the formality and constraints within the industry, the innovation and vision given from Bike & Boot and its owners was a very exciting opportunity to me.

My role as General Manager here at the Bike and Boot involves working closely with the team in promoting and setting the stage for Scarborough’s newest hotel.

What is the best thing about your job? What do you enjoy the most?

The best thing about my role, so far, has been seeing Bike & Boot being transformed from a vision to physical reality, which customers and staff can experience and enjoy. In the short time we were open in summer 2020, we far exceeded all occupancy levels and the feedback we received was immensely rewarding for all involved.

I’ve loved being involved in this project and can’t wait to see what is in store for the future of Bike and Boot Inns around the UK.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Outside of the daily management requirements and core responsibilities required within my role, no two days are the same. Ranging from assisting with service in the Bareca to choosing the monthly film within our Film Club, my days at Bike & Boot are far from normal!

It must be pretty cool to work at a seafront hotel! What is your favourite thing about Scarborough?

Over recent years, it’s great to see further investment in the town and the opportunities and enjoyment that it produces for us all.

Scarborough is an all-round great town to work and relax in. From eating chips on the beach to cycling along the cinder tracks, Scarborough is a place you can take in at your own pace.

In my free time, I do enjoy when I can get out on my mountain bike in Scarborough and surrounding areas, yet I’m mostly dedicated to the new addition to my life and family – Mia Clements. She was born on new years day!

Finally, what’s your fave dog breed?

It has to be a Red Setter – I had one as a child called Paddy.

Meet Simon Kershaw, Brand & Development Director at Bike & Boot Inns

Our Scarborough hotel wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Simon Kershaw. One of the top dogs at the group, Simon had an idea to create a leisure-based hotel that was perfect for bikers, hikers, surfers and dog owners. And in July 2020, our hotel opened its doors.

In this Q&A, we quizzed him on Bike & Boot, the post-lockdown staycation boom and the future of hospitality.

Firstly, tell us about yourself and your role at Bike & Boot.

I’m responsible for the growth of Bike & Boot Inns through site acquisition and development, together with the evolution of the brand itself. No two days are the same.

What was your vision behind the Scarborough hotel? Has this been fulfilled?

Simon Rhatigan and I believed that there was a gap in the market for a leisure-based brand that was fit for purpose in the 21st century. The hotel was to accommodate the adventure traveller, and offer a different way to stay in rural locations. It would be informal, yet deliver a brilliant experience.

So far Scarborough has exceeded our expectations and we look forward to opening our Peak District hotel in spring 2022.

Staycations are predicted to boom after lockdown. What are your thoughts on this?

Staycations offer great experiences. We are so incredibly lucky to live in this country so let’s recognise that, celebrate the fact and holiday here in the UK. There is so much fun to be had in the nostalgic seaside town of Scarborough and it’s home to the first Bike & Boot hotel!

We can’t wait for the Peak District property to open! What can you tell us about the new hotel?

Located in the heart of the Peak District, our Hope valley hotel will have 60 bedrooms and a great Bareca, as well as fantastic Wadobi facilities for bikes, dogs and walkers. More to be revealed soon – keep checking our social channels.

Finally, what do you think the future of hospitality looks like?

Hospitality must be experience-driven to meet the demands of a more sophisticated public. This does not mean expensive or grand, though such places have their place, a hotel should leave the guest smiling and wanting to come back for more.