Hi! My name is Jay Cooledge and 'Odd' John (my old man and mentor) has been in the hospitality game for over 50 years.
In that time and through his many successes he learnt a lot about what it means to deliver great hospitality but it all boils down to one simple thing.
"Do a good job and make people happy, they'll come back.
Do a great job and they'll tell other people too."
From every part of our business.
From every part of our business.
We decided in 2014 to give what we are doing a name. 'Odd John' is now our springboard that allows us to bring our dreams and ideas to life.
We are a growing team of people with a range of experiences, skills and interests and a common goal: We want to find new and exciting ways of offering services to the people who love us.
We believe that hospitality can be an intriguing and multi-faceted industry like no other but working in this industry does come with it's downsides. Our mission is to do away with the negatives and create an environment where like minded people can get together, do amazing things and most importantly create a future in the job we love.
- Sorry, shameless meme-stealing going on here.
2001 - The Griffin Inn - Over the years we have built up a great reputation for good food, friendly service and an equally as friendly environment.
2012 - The Old Stables - we built our function facility due to the demand for our signature hospitality but for larger groups. Our reputation spread wildly with weekend dates now being booked two years in advance.
2014 - Griffin Inn - Renovation of the pub to bring it inline with the stylish and quirky Old Stables.
2014/15 - The Bakery - We started producing purely gluten free produce from our 1,200sq/ft industrial sized bakery in early 2015. To fit in better with future plans we later flipped to a more mainstream range of produce that produces for all our outlets.
2015 - Odd John's Kitchen, Swithland - What started off as an effort to bring a shop back to the village has become something quite unique. This cosy little country kitchen environment is now a buzzing little cafe - so busy in fact that we are now building a bigger one!
2015/16 - The Falcon Inn - We took on our second pub in 2015 and after a £275,000 investment in 2016 the Falcon gave us the opportunity to try some ideas that didn't fit in with what people expected from the 'Griff'. Also, it's got 11 beautiful bed rooms (which is handy if we expect to do over 100 weddings at The Old Stables this year!).
May 2016 - Odd John's Kitchen, Quorn - We decided to reach out to the community to help us get this off the ground. The response to our Kickstarter campaign was fantastic!! Read more about here and follow the progress on Facebook!
Late Summer 2016 - TOP SECRET - Rest assured the next project on the cards will be something completely different to everything else we do and completely bonkers. That's enough for now!
2017 - We have some really interesting plans for 2017 that include at least one new site for Odd John's Kitchen and further developments in outside catering. Y'know, to keep things interesting! :0s
A job here not only means joining an excitable yet professional team (that are actually more like a family), it is also a unique opportunity to experience every single aspect of catering and hospitality all under one family run roof.
Scroll down to see our latest opportunities.
Full/part-time bar and waiting staff: Work behind our bar in a busy, friendly and modern environment at The Griffin Inn.
Part-Time Kitchen Staff: We pride ourselves on producing exceptional food, and we’re looking for people to come and deliver it to our wonderful customers with an exceptional, friendly and out-going attitude.
Part-Time Deli/Cafe Staff: Our deli/cafes Odd John’s Kitchen - Quorn and Swithland are recruiting. We’re looking for part-time staff who are as passionate about great service and great food as we are.
Please use the contact form to get in touch, or pop in to The Griffin and drop your cv off for our attention.