Dale Messenger

Dale Messenger - Senior Manager; Le Petit Château & William de Percy

From humble bartender to one of the top dogs in our Otterburn venues, Dale is one of the most valued members of our venue operations team, and true testament to our promise that at Apartment Group, we really want you to progress and succeed.

  • November 2011 – Bartender (As You Like It)
  • May 2013 – Trainee Manager (As You Like It)
  • January 2013 – Duty Manager (As You Like It)
  • May 2014 – Assistant General Manager (As You Like It)
  • July 2016 – Acting General Manager (Le Petit Château & William de Percy)
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What’s been your favourite project you’ve worked on at Apartment Group?

In 2014, I was lucky enough to redesign and reinvigorate my venue’s cocktail menu and also, I became more involved with venue operations and recruitment but the biggest project by far was hitting the ground running as Acting General Manager with our new venues in Otterburn after spending 6 months abroad travelling on a sabbatical.

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What do you love most about your job?

The people; every customer and member of staff is different and every day is a different experience so my job is always interesting!

Plus, I’m lucky enough to work in an absolutely stunning wedding venue and gastropub in the heart of the beautiful English countryside…not many people have such a beautiful view from their office!

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What makes Apartment Group different?

The responsibility you get to have ownership over your own projects and drive your own career is great.

When I was opening the public side of our venues in Otterburn, I suddenly was finding myself recruiting management staff, costing and designing food menus and work rota’s, overseeing venue maintenance and licensing and so much more!

I’d only ever worked in bars & restaurants, so when the opportunity arose to play a part in the opening of a hotel as fabulous as Le Petit Chateau, I jumped all over it!

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Dale's Words of Wisdom...

Never be shy to ask questions or to ask for help if you’re feeling stretched, we’re all in the same boat and our staff are like one big family so we will support each other no matter what!

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