Meet the team
Sean became Manager at Sweeney Hall in 1993 when Kara’s (his wife) parents bought the hotel, calling Sean back from London.
Sean was born in Aberdovey and started helping out at a friends B&B from the age of 10, he then moved on to being the Manager at The Dovey for 2 consecutive summers at the age of 16, knowing this was the industry for him he then started studying Hotel and Catering Management at Bournemouth University. During this course Sean spent 6 months in Luzerne in Switzerland working in all aspects of the industry to gain experience along with the renowned Carlton Tivoli Hotel.
On completing his degree Sean and Kara moved to London where he took the post of trainee bar manager with My Kinda Town at Henry J Beans, staying in the same restaurant group he then moved to be Duty Manager at the Pizza Pie Factory in Hanover Square then taking the post as the AGM at the Rib Shack in Knightbridge and after a refurbishment at the Pizza Pie Factory Sean was made General Manager (GM). At the age of 24 this made him the youngest ever GM the company had which led him to the driving force in restaurant openings in Cologne, Paris, Glasgow to name but a few. This particular restaurant group was an industry leader and innovator of its time, founded by Bob Payton, bringing in some of the American service standards that are used regularly today across the industry.
When Sean arrived at Sweeney Hall the hotel had a lovely feel, but was in need of the Sean Evans touch. After spending 13 years at the helm of Sweeney Hall, Sean and Kara took over sole ownership and have moved the business forward leaps and bounds every year since.
Sean and Kara have 6 children, 4 of which have worked in the hotel at some point growing up, and 3 dogs who thankfully have not.
Lindsay started at Sweeney Hall straight from leaving school in 1995, after spending 2 years working and learning her trade across all aspects of the hotel industry (and under Sean’s guidance) she left for London.
Her first job in London was hostess for The People’s Palace which was part of the Capital Group. During her time there she held several roles including Head Hostess, Head Waitress and Functions Co-ordinator. She was also lucky enough to also work in the 2 Michelin starred restaurants of the group The Greenhouse and The Capital Restaurant gaining invaluable experience at that level.
After leaving The Capital Group Lindsay then moved to work at Quaglino’s, part of the Conran Restaurant Group as Group Reservations Co-ordinator, during her time here she joined forces with the Head Office Sales Team entertaining clients and selling the group to potential guests.
In 2005 Lindsay made the difficult decision to move home to Shropshire, where she started working at Hawkstone Park as a Conference and Corporate Golf Sales Co-ordinator, then being promoted to Senior Sales Co-ordinator.
Upon marrying she once again upped sticks and moved to North Yorkshire where she took the role of Guest Relations Manager for the Principal Hayley Group.
Lindsay’s last role before returning to Sweeney Hall was as Restaurant Manager at The Plough Inn, Longparish where she worked for the 2014 Great British Menu main course winner, James Durrant.
Her role here is that of Sales, Marketing and Training Manager and so she has done full circle and come home to Sweeney Hall.
Kristian was 18 months old when he moved here from London with his parents (Kristian can claim the title of being a true cockney as he was born within the sound of Bow Bells). The Hotel was a great adventure for him and his older brother.
Kristian was educated at Oswestry School from nursery onwards, Kristian then completed his full time education on a Business Management and Marketing course at North Shropshire College.
He has helped in the family business since he was 12 and worked part time in the school holidays from the age of 14. Kristian became a full time member of staff when he was 19 and has over the years worked his way up from washing up to Waiter to now being Front of House Manager, and is an absolute key figure in the management team alongside his father and Lindsay.
Kristian is now honing his skills in the managerial sector of the hotel and restaurant industry by attending stages at Mark Sergeant’s Rock Salt restaurant in Folkestone and hopefully is due to attend another at a prestigious London eatery before the year is out…watch this space…
Tom started his career as a prep chef at The Bradford Arms in Llanymynech at the tender age of 15, moving to managing the bar for the last 6 months of this time there.
Tom’s love of the kitchen could not keep him out of it for long and he started at Sweeney Hall in 2003 as prep chef and has since worked his way up to Head Chef. Under the tutorage of Bernie Warburton who was our former Head Chef, Tom has gone from peeling carrots and prepping vegetable to running the kitchen with his own brigade.
Tom is always looking to expand his knowledge and experience from meeting local suppliers and learning about their produce to spending time in other professional kitchens as far afield as London and Folkestone, all of which can only enhance Sweeney Hall’s already superb reputation.