The Hadleigh Ram is a beautiful boutique restaurant where you can enjoy fabulous food just outside of Ipswich, Suffolk. The staff are passionate about providing excellent service in a boutique restaurant that serves unique local food with clear provenance. I meet up with Proprietor & Marketing Director, Lorna Pissarro to discuss the success of the business, along with discussing her items in her stylish Mulberry handbag!
Lorna starts by discussing the background of her company:
“Our family business, Stuart Inns, is run by me and my two chef brothers Iain and Oliver Macmillan. Oliver has been a chef his whole life and it was his idea. He’s worked in the industry in a few different places in the UK, along with doing some travelling. He then thought the time was right to set up his own business.
“We started our hotel and restaurant business three and half years ago. At first I was a graphic designer, then had to leave that job to help run the business. I concentrate on front of house sales and marketing and the hours are very long but worth it in the long run! We started off with the Long Melford Swan three years ago, then in May 2013 we took on and refurbished the Hadleigh Ram.
“We have also just recently taken on the greyhound in Lavenham, which opened in November. I do all the design and interiors along with recently completing our project of adding four beautiful boutique rooms to the Swan, using a separate house we bought next door. “
Tell us about your Handbag!
“This is a beautiful Mulberry Effie Tote handbag. It was a treat I bought for myself after successfully running this business for a year. I went with my husband on a little trip to London, where I spotted this bag and instantly fell in love with it.
“I love Mulberry because of the real leather, and I began loving this brand at 18 after receiving my first Mulberry Roxanne bag. This bag I like in particular because I carry a lot of paperwork along with iPads and books. It’s also practical because of the shoulder strap and the large size so I can fit in all my essentials along with business items.
“There were so many restaurants that we failed in the first year, so when we successfully completed a whole year in one place we were all very pleased. This was more of a celebratory treat. I haven’t carried on the tradition of buying myself a yearly handbag, as it’s now our fourth year running, therefore I would probably own a few expensive Mulberry bags by now!”
“My iPhone is non-stop, and I would rather have not had that in my handbag. This is simply because of being constantly contacted. If I had to lose anything out of my bag then it would be that item. Unfortunately, I have to keep it with me at all times because it seems like I’m always needed!”
After interviewing Lorna, I was very impressed with how she was already married and successfully owning and running three hotel businesses at the age of 27!
You go girl!
More information on Stuart Inns – Stuart Inns is a family-owned company, which was launched just two years ago and now employs more than 40 people at three locations.
Andrew Macmillan and his three children, Oliver, Lorna and Iain run the business. Their complementary skills have been combined successfully to achieve rapid growth.
The Hadleigh Ram
5 Market Place
Suffolk, IP7 5DL