Meet Sean Rowley, Bartender at The Bareca at Bike & Boot Scarborough

Did you know our Scarborough seafront hotel has a Bareca (bar-restaurant-café) that’s open to anyone in Scarborough? You don’t have to be a hotel guest – or book!

In this Q&A, we spoke to Sean Rowley, one of our chief Bareca bartenders. We found out what he enjoys most about his job, his funniest tale and his favourite cocktail.

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

I have worked in hospitality for around 10 years now and I love it. Behind the bar at Bike & Boot, I primarily make and serve beverages that ensure our guests are satisfied. I also keep the fridges stocked up and the whole bar area clean and tidy. And, at the end of each shift, myself and other team members ensure that the bar is ready and deep cleaned for the next day.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

I’m a really sociable person, so I like meeting and talking with many people. Maintaining positive vibes with customers plays a big part in keeping them happy and smiling – and it makes me feel good too!

I also love the bond between me and my colleagues. The fact that I get the chance to work with them everyday makes me enjoy coming to work even more.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I actually usually have mornings to myself, as my shift usually starts between 3pm and 4pm. I get up on a morning with my children, keeping them busy until I have to get ready for work, then I start my shift and prep the bar ready for a busy evening.

What’s your funniest story from behind the bar?

I wouldn’t call it a funny moment for myself, but for the other people who were there it really was…

I was making an Espresso Martini and I used too much espresso for the cocktail shaker. I popped it open ready to pour after I had shaken it, but it all foamed right up and completely soaked me. I literally smelt like an Espresso Martini for the rest of the night!

What’s your fave foodie dish?

Definitely chicken milanese – breaded chicken breast, garlic butter and roast potatoes with a side salad and beetroot chutney.

I’ve had it a few times since I started working at the Bareca, and I absolutely love it. I’m a big fan of chicken anyway, but this is lovely. I love the garlic butter that goes with it and the side of chutney is very tasty. The roast potatoes are dreamy too!

Finally, what’s your fave cocktail and why?

Personally. I like the French Martini. We don’t advertise it on our menu, but it’s one of the classics. We always have the ingredients to make it if our customers request it. The raspberry liqueur with a touch of pineapple juice flavouring is amazing – I wish I was at the other side of the bar when it’s being served!

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.