GM Spotlight

Seeing as it’s summer, we decided to spotlight seven GMs of venues renowned for their excellent outdoor areas. Here’s what AMY RICKARD of The Drift Inn, Isle of Arran, had to say.

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Overlooking the Holy Isle and Lamlash Bay, the beer garden at the Drift Inn on the isle of Arran arguably commands one of the most outstanding views of any beer garden anywhere. And the GM that heads up the team of 10 is Canadian Amy Rickard – who together with husband, Euan (from Fife), took over in 2013. She describes her management style as “mucking in with rest of the team.”

With the view being the star of the show, naturally the beer garden itself is relatively simple – it consists of wooden picnic benches that are painted blue, and each comes with its own parasol, all sitting on a lovely manicured lawn, surrounded by a wee picket fence that Amy
and Euan added. But they are making some more changes.

Said Amy, “We are expanding our garden which now includes herb and vegetable patches, plus a wee apple tree and, who
knows, it might even grow apples one day.”

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