Meet the Team: The Grand Hotel Bars Manager, Marine Fournier

Name: Marine Fournier
Job Title: Bars Manager 

Like many of the team, Marine has been at The Grand Hotel for a number of years and has worked in a variety of departments across the hotel. She enjoys working as part of a tight-knit team at The Grand and many of the staff have been in post for a number of years, which is shown in the level of service and seamless efficiency with which they operate.   

For the last 10 years, Marine has been based in and around the Food and Beverage department and has lent her hand to waitressing. Sommelier training in the fine dining “Mirabelle” restaurant and has been an F&B assistant manager. Marine knows the Grand, its staff and customers very well.

For the past 2 years, Marine has overseen the bars at The Grand where she loves serving and creating new cocktails for our guests and names an Old Fashioned cocktail as being her all-time favourite!  Marine enjoys looking after people – both guests and staff – which is clear in the progress of business in the bar, which has increased impressively under her leadership. She acknowledges that seeing her staff promoted and progressing is a big achievement in her own career and a massive high point for her, having set them on a path of career development.

The bars see a full range of customers – young and old – at The Grand, providing coffee and tea, as well as pre and post dinner drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. You can even peruse your dinner menu before entering the restaurants, making for a very relaxed evening where you are never rushed. Which feeds into Marine’s advice for anyone seeking to get into hospitality “Be patient, good things come to those who wait!”

Having spent so much of her career at The Grand Hotel, it is hard to imagine her anywhere else – or indeed, the bar without her behind it! So why does she stay with the company? “They look after you” is the simple reply.

Being seen as a fair and rewarding employer is key to Elite Hotels, which is why they became an accredited Investor in People and why staff stay. For further information on the career opportunities offered at Elite, please check our latest vacancies: