GMs making their mark: Rozlynn Gavin, The Applebank Inn, Larkhall

March 5th, 2017 | Posted in: Features

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, 8 March, DRAM celebrates just a few of Scotland’s inspirational female general managers who are making their mark on the licensed trade.

Today, we speak to Rozlynn Gavin, who recently took on the role of General Manager of The Applebank Inn in Larkhall. She chats about taking on a new challenge, social media and future plans for the popular Larkhall local.

Name: Rozlynn Gavin
Role: General Manager, The Applebank Inn
Location: Larkhall
Age: 30

Rozlynn has just recently taken over as General Manager of The Applebank Inn in Larkhall, where she has been working for the past 18 months.

Rozlynn is local to Larkhall and started out doing PR for The Hamilton Palace nightclub at 19 before trying out a career as a beauty therapist.

But Rozyln feels she’s found her true calling and is throwing herself into running The Applebank, which was recently acquired by Manorview’s leasehold division, Manorview Pub Partnerships.

She says, “I’ve been coming to The Applebank my whole life. It’s very close to me, I love it and know all the regulars! When I came here in November 2015 I was meant to be doing marketing and PR.

“I did a few shifts to help out and then went to full-time, supervisor, assistant manager and now General Manager. It’s really exciting!”

It’s also a bit of a family affair as Rozlynn’s parents are also cleaners at the pub and put on regular music and quiz nights.

A friendly and bubbly character, Rozlynn manages 11 staff and has big plans for making sure The Applebank stays a true community hub in Larkhall and is proud of her efforts to drive the pub’s social media accounts.

She says, “I like to have one or two Facebook or Instagram posts up a day and make it personal, as I like people to know we’re real! I think social is such an amazing marketing tool – I’m proud of driving that. I don’t even think we even had a Facebook page when I started.”

When I’m not in The Applebank: I’ve two wee boys so it’s lots of family time.

Proudest moment: Becoming manager! Sometimes I look around the pub and still can’t quite believe it.

Star Sign: Aquarius

Click below to meet more inspirational general managers in the Scottish on-trade

Therese Grethe, Waxy O’Connors, Glasgow

Helen Taylor, The Anchor, Broughty Ferry

Geraldine Murphy, The Pot Still, Glasgow

Babs Steele, The Allison Arms, Glasgow

Gayle Copland, The Wine Press, Dundee

Nicola Haslam, The Seven Kings, Dunfermline

Sandy Gourlay, Oran Mor, Glasgow

Lynda McGaw, The Parkville Hotel, Blantyre

Jade Cunningham, O’Shannons, Kilmarnock

Beth Harding, Montpeliers, Edinburgh

The following two tabs change content below.
Laura Smith

Laura Smith

Journalist at DRAM Magazine
Laura Smith writes across our flagship publications, including DRAM and The Wee Dram. Dedicated to her craft, Laura took part in the world's first whisky diploma crash course as research for The Wee Dram – and the whisky novice very nearly passed too! Laura has previously worked as an online journalist for STV and Glasgow-based charity INSP.


Applebank Inn appoints Gavin as GM

Fri 24th March 2017

Roslyn Gavin has been appointed General Manager of The Applebank Inn, following its move under the Manorview Group’s ownership. Havin... Read more.

Diageo launches DRINKiQ to inform consumers

Fri 24th March 2017

Diageo has launched a new online tool aimed at both consumers and the industry to provide consumers with information about the alcohol they ... Read more.

Moderate drinking has ‘benefits’, new study finds

Fri 24th March 2017

A new study has shown that drinking within the 14 units of alcohol a week can actually cut the risk of suffering a heart attack, angina or h... Read more.

Jack Back Beer wins Gold for Stewart Brewing

Tue 21st March 2017

Scottish craft brewer, Stewart Brewing, is celebrating the after its Jack Back beer earned a Gold Award at the Society of Independent Brewer... Read more.

Buzzworks present staff with £10K worth of gift cards

Tue 21st March 2017

Buzzworks Holdings lived up to its reputation as one of the best companies in the country to work for when it presented £10,000 worth of gi... Read more.

Labour MSP Neil Bibby lodges draft proposal for tied pub tenants

Tue 14th March 2017

Labour MSP Neil Bibby has lodged a draft proposal  in Holyrood backed by the  Scottish Licensed Trade Association, the Campaign for Real A... Read more.

Whyte & Mackay partner with The British & Irish Lions

Tue 14th March 2017

  Whyte & Mackay has announced it is partnering with The British & Irish Lions rugby team. It is the brands biggest ever intern... Read more.

Scottish craft brewery to open doors for beer festival

Mon 13th March 2017

Scottish craft brewer, Stewart Brewing, has announced the return of its annual Edinburgh Beer Festival at its Loanhead brewery on Saturday 1... Read more.

Third of Brits admit to cutting down on alcohol

Mon 13th March 2017

Stocking a wider range of low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks could be a smart move for licensees as new research finds as many as a third o... Read more.

Glen Scotia offers dinner and dram with Charles MacLean

Fri 10th March 2017

Glen Scotia distillery is offering Scotch enthusiasts the chance to enjoy dinner and a dram with world famous whisky writer Charles MacLean ... Read more.

Greene King builds web support for pubs

Fri 10th March 2017

Greene King is helping tenanted and leased pubs build and maintain their own websites to drive sales.... Read more.

The Smokin’ Fox makes its den in Glasgow

Thu 9th March 2017

Signature Pubs is transforming The Hope on Waterloo Street in Glasgow into new “Pub and Scullery” The Smokin' Fox, due to open mid-March... Read more.

Industry offers strong response to Budget

Wed 8th March 2017

Drinks firms have hit back at the UK Government after the chancellor Phillip Hammond revealed an increased duty on beer, cider, wine and spi... Read more.

GMs making their mark: Lynda McGaw, The Parkville Hotel, Blantyre

Tue 7th March 2017

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we celebrate some of Scotland’s inspirational female GMs including Lynda McGaw of The Parkville Hote... Read more.

GMs making their mark: Beth Harding, Montpeliers, Edinburgh

Mon 6th March 2017

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we celebrate some of Scotland’s inspirational female GMs including Beth Harding of Montpeliers in Ed... Read more.

Heineken launches new artisanal ciders

Mon 6th March 2017

Heineken is moving into the emerging craft cider market with the launch of two new artisanal apple ciders under the Bulmers brand.... Read more.

JD Wetherspoon pubs to display calorie content of drinks

Mon 6th March 2017

JD Wetherspoon is to display the calorie count for all drinks served in its pubs across Scotland and the rest of the UK from Wednesday, 8 Ma... Read more.

GMs making their mark: Therese Grethe, Waxy O’Connor’s, Glasgow

Sun 5th March 2017

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we celebrate some of Scotland’s inspirational female GMs including Therese Grethe of Waxy O’Connor... Read more.

GMs making their mark: Jade Cunningham, O’Shannons, Kilmarnock

Sun 5th March 2017

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we celebrate some of Scotland’s inspirational female GMs including Jade Cunningham of O’Shannons i... Read more.

GMs making their mark: Helen Taylor, The Anchor, Broughty Ferry

Sun 5th March 2017

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we celebrate some of Scotland’s inspirational female GMs including Helen Taylor of The Anchor in Bro... Read more.