Taking on The Lade back in 2005 it was a change for Frank having spent his life working in computers. Although most of his time is spent doing paperwork for the day to day running of the pub he still manages to come down and work in the bar on a Friday and Saturday night so he can enjoy the live Scottish music. Having an interest in Ales and Wines helps Frank to keep our bar well stocked from Whisky to Fine Wines and not forgetting our own Real Ales and Guest Ales which feature during our annual Beer Festival.
In his spare time Frank likes to play Golf at the local Golf course and watch his beloved Chelsea on the telly as well as being part of many local Community groups including the Hydro Project.
Rita Park - Mum; Sales Manager for Real ale shop.
Rita has had years of experience in customer service from working in many retail, catering and food shops throughout her life. Starting off in the restaurant waitressing, doing bar work and helping in the kitchen where needed, Rita is now in charge of running our Real ale shop next door. Being a T-total doesn’t seem to stop Rita from being a great saleswomen and being a dab hand at beer selling.
In her spare time she loves to be pampered by having a nice massage or going to the theatre. Rita is a very keen gardener and not just buying and planting them but actually cultivating plants that came from family many years ago. She also dotes on all 3 of her granddaughters and loves to spoil them.
Stephen Park - Son; Head Chef
Starting life as a college graduate he gained his chef training at Turnberry Hotel, where he worked for 4 years under Stuart Cameron. He then moved back down south for the next 6 years to work at the Ritz London and then the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone. Missing the cold winds, snow and Northern lights of old Aberdeen, he moved back up north in 2003 to work at the Square Restaurant, which has achieved an excellent reputation for its food. He met his wife Laura while working at The Lade and they married in 2009. He loves spending time with his family and enjoys taking Chloe swimming. He is an avid Chelsea fan and enjoys a round of golf.
Laura Park – Daughter in law; Restaurant Manager
Laura joined us when we first took over The Lade starting off working part time then moving to Supervisor and finally becoming Manageress. She has spent many years waitressing and has a passion for customer service. Photography is her other passion and you can find some of her work for sale in our restaurant. Becoming a Mummy in 2011 Laura has taken a more behind the scenes roll she is the one in charge of the website and social media sites as well as being the one who does the special event planning. Her hobbies include Photography and Travel. Currently expecting baby number 2 this December.
Chloe Park- Granddaughter - Typical 4 year old
Chloe is the daughter of Stephen and Laura Park born in August 2011. She loves coming to the pub and meeting new people and being spoiled by the staff. Our Waitress in training you will probably see her helping out around the place and playing with the toys as well as making sure that any Customer's dogs are well fed with dog biscuits. She also loves to help Grandma out in the shop.
Alison, Fred, Daisy and Honeyrose Wilde
When the business was first set up there were two other family members involved. Alison (then Park) and her Husband Fred. They both put a lot of their own personality into the business with Fred’s artwork being displayed in our restaurant, and both having a background knowledge in wine and marketing to name but a few. After having their first Daughter Daisy and being married by our Inglenook fireplace, Fred and Alison decided it was time for a change. They are now very much settled in Somerset and have another beautiful daughter called Honeyrose. And not to forget Coco the Spaniel.
Raymond - Second Chef
Raymond started working at The Lade when the last owners had it and is a well-liked member of staff. Originally coming from Budapest, Hungary Raymond has improved greatly in speaking English and understanding the Scottish sense of humour. A very laid back person is just what the kitchen needed as the heat of the kitchen can sometimes become too much and Raymond certainly takes things in his stride. In his spare time he loves spending time with his wife Bernadett, Daugher Liliane and little boy Christopher. He loves football and watching films in his spare time.
Robert – Supervisor and Shop assistant
Robert came to work for us in 2011 and we are very happy he did. A great worker and very fast talker it can sometimes be hard to keep up with his fast pace around the restaurant. A chirpy chap Robert has a very friendly and helpful attitude about him which makes him great for working at The Lade. He is a very social type and likes meeting with friends for a quiet drink and chat which he is very good at but talks so fast that sometimes it is quite hard to understand what he is saying.
Jano is now working for us for the third time after coming here from Slovakia. He is a great help to Stephen and Raymond in the kitchen and to Rita in the garden and in our real ale shop. In his spare time Jano is a wonderful artist and has even done tattooing so show his passion for art. He loves cycling, windsurfing and the outdoors and spending time with his fiancée. He is due to become a Dad in November this year.