Author: Deborah Clark

  • Suds law

    When we were developing SH as an hotel, one of the most challenging aspects was en suite. It was previously offices, before that a “gentlemen’s club” (ahem) and a home even earlier…..but it’s domestic incarnation ended, I think, around the end of the last war.…

  • The Untitled Poem

    This week a poem by Siegfried Sassoon to his younger lover came to light, discovered by an academic while looking through the personal papers of Glen Byam Shaw. It was published for the first time by The Observer (whence I pinched this title). Shaw was…

  • Customer’s always right, right?

    I’ve banged on endlessly about general laid-back hospitality; we love providing a framework for guests to be themselves. It’s the “second lead” subject of my last post. But we got into a spin on a booking last week. A special family event, a *milestone*. It…

  • The Second Lead

    I was looking into the biog of Gig Young, the worn and louche looking chap in front of me on the wall in the bar here at SoHoEx. He had a ride through the backstage of Hollywood in the mid 20th century. He was talented but not handsome enough for the lead, always the support…

  • Play Time

    Isn’t all hospitality about performance? The best staff, the best guests, understand that and the theatre of the hotel/bar/restaurant. When we come on shift, we adopt the personality of the space, we construct ourselves to facilitate performance.

  • Softly does it

    Alt-alc; it’s A Thing. Who wants to ask for a Shirley Temple, when a Bloody Mary just sounds so much more dangerous?

  • Golden rules for a boutique hotel bathroom

    Designing our latest gorgeous new hotel room at Southernhay House has got us revisiting our own golden rules for creating the most beautiful boutique bathrooms. We always say they’re half the pleasure of a boutique stay. Or should be! Building a dream bathroom is a personal thing of course, but these guidelines are worth considering at home.

  • When a friend makes your wine……

    We’ve known Devon born and based Liam Steevenson, MW, since early days but lost contact in the last 6 years while Liam crossed the globe in his quest to make the perfect wines….

  • A little bit of Roman in us all

    Launching one of the Exeter Gins last week has got us feeling all Roman! It’s not just modern-day Londoners making a break for our rolling hills, seaside, fine weather and laid back style; those Romans knew a good thing when they saw it.