Meet Rebecca Weller From Stanmer House
I’m the events and marketing manager for Whiting and Hammond, an award winning Pub Company whose ethos is to use fresh, locally sourced produce in all of its sites.
All the staff, including myself, are passionate about providing unforgettable dining experiences throughout the company. Whiting and Hammond took on Stanmer House a few years ago and with that ventured into the worldof weddings and events.
What are the most important factors for you to consider when setting up that perfect event?
My events team are extremely thorough when planning any events at Stanmer House so we ensure that we take the time to regularly meet with our clients to go through all the finer details.
We create intricate event plans to ensure that every single member of staff works to the same timescale and knows precisely what is expected.
I’m very particular about attention to detail; if a table cloth isn’t straight or has a tiny mark then I expect it to be re-laid and done correctly. As I studied Interior Architecture at university I do get the most enjoyment out of creating a space ready for an event and embracing that quiet moment when it’s all done before any guests arrive.
What do you like the most about working at Stanmer House ?
Every morning I drive up through the park up to Stanmer House I feel so fortunate to work in a place of such beauty.
I love watching the trees change with the seasons and the house sit amongst it all in such grandeur.
The team that work at the house are like family and definitely make it a fun place to work.
Tell us about any exciting events, plans the venue has for the future?
2015 is looking to be a very exciting year of events at Stanmer House with some fun times planned.
Our Masquerade NYE party will kick start the year with monthly events planned such as our Oscars Party in February, annual beer festival in July and a murder mystery evening later on to name just a few.
Which is your favourite restaurant in Brighton, Hove or Sussex and why?
My favourite restaurant has to be Chilli Pickle. So much so that I even named my two cats Chilli and Pickle!
I just love the depths of flavours that their food delivers where each mouthful is like a party in your mouth. I love spices and trying new dishes.
Which is your favourite food dish or genre of cuisine and why?
I’m very fortunate to have married into a family of Indian heritage so I have enjoyed some wonderfully delicious curries, however I must say that my favourite meal of the day is breakfast and I love the full works of a great British breakfast.
It must be made with British pork sausages and bacon, fresh, free range poached eggs and locally sourced tomatoes and mushrooms to ensure a delicious and satisfying meal.
I am a little biased in saying that all the Whiting and Hammond pubs offer fantastic breakfast, but I do also love a Bills breakfast.
How did your involvement in hospitality, marketing and events come about?
My entering into the world of marketing and events was by fluke really.
I studied Interior Architecture at Brighton university and discovered Stanmer House when I picked up a flyer for a Christmas Party.
I loved the architecture and hadn’t realised it was so close to Brighton centre.
I was looking on their website and saw they were advertising for staff and applied thinking it would be amazing to work is such a beautiful building, surrounded by history and detailing of architecture. That was 8 years ago.
I’ve worked my way up through the ranks, training as I went and now I run the marketing and events for 7 sites across Kent and Sussex along with my trusted team.
Website address: www.stanmerhouse.co.uk