Exclusive interview with our food & beverage manager, Joshua Keay

Joshua Keay

Joshua Keay
When did you know that you wanted to get into the hospitality industry?

I just fell into hospitality, it was never a set plan for me when I was younger. I got my very first bar job when I was just 18 at a local pub and restaurant and enjoyed every moment of working there. After working behind the bar for a few years I then travelled for a little while and tried other industries but it was always hospitality that held a place in my heart.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

I love the fact that every day is different, when I walk into the hotel I never know what the day is going to bring and when I leave at night you never know what the next day has in store for you! I am here to support the customers and of course my colleagues, when customers leave feeling happy and you know they have had a great experience, there is nothing more rewarding!

What is the most challenging part of your working day?

I love every part of my working day, it is actually very hard to say because with every challenge comes an opportunity and I enjoy the more challenging parts of the day – they test you and keep you on your feet! If I had to choose though getting up at 5am can be very hard, nothing a strong cup of coffee can’t assist with!

What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?

I have a lot of hobbies that I enjoy doing on my days off! I love sport and enjoy watching anything sport-related!

Tell us a fact which nobody knows about you?

I travelled to Australia and I lived there for two years! It was a fantastic time of my life. I worked in lots of high end cocktail bars in Melbourne where I progressed me hospitality skills, picking up many cocktails tips along the way!

What 5 things would you bring to a desert island with you?

Hard question… I would probably bring my phone and hope there was signal! Water, a speaker, sun cream and someone to keep me company!

What is your favourite drink?

It’s not the most exotic drink, but I honestly don’t think you can beat a lovely fresh and cold beer on a warm day. For something a little fancier Espresso Martinis are a firm favourite, they are actually my specialty!

What would be your best top tips for customers to have the perfect evening out?

Just relax, enjoy your evening and have a drink or two… or three!

Join us at The Brasserie whether it is afternoon tea, lunch, cocktails or dinner! Call to book on 01892 520587. 


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One Warwick Park Hotel is perfectly located in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, Kent between the historic Pantiles District and the High Street. Being close to the border of West Kent and East Sussex, you can gain easy access to the A21 and the M25. Tunbridge Wells mainline train station is only a short walk or quick taxi ride away and links to London are frequent.
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