The Peat Inn to reduce opening hours in the interest of staff wellbeing


Michelin Starred restaurant The Peat Inn have announced today that they will be reducing their opening hours.  The restaurant will continue to cater for residents and will remain open to the public for evening dinner service but lunchtime services will be suspended for the foreseeable future.


Restaurant owners Geoffrey & Katherine Smeddle made the decision following current staff shortages, which have made it impossible to cover two services each day. It is hoped that this move will ensure the wellbeing and mental health of the current team.


Speaking about the announcement Katherine said: “It has been a very stressful time for the hospitality industry during the pandemic.  Since reopening in April, we have struggled to recruit the staffing levels we require at The Peat Inn.  Over the last 15 years of running the business we have never had so few applicants for our vacancies.  The welfare and mental health of our employees has always been our priority and with no additional support for the team we decided we would reduce the workload by suspending our lunch service.”


Geoffrey went on to say: “In the past, there has been a perception that working in the hospitality industry is renowned for long hours, but just because it has always been this way in the past doesn’t mean it needs to continue.  Our business is only as good as the team we have running it and we value each and every one of our team and that’s why we are putting them first.


“With the school exam results announced we want young adults to know that working in the hospitality industry can be a great career choice, and our industry is changing, with employers addressing a sustainable work-life balance.”


Katherine finished by saying: “We know we may have disappointed customers that have been looking forward to having lunch with us at The Peat Inn, but we want to say thank you to everyone who has been so understanding of our decision to put our staff first.  We hope that we will be able to re-open our lunch service at some point in the future but until we can increase our award-winning team we will continue to take exceptional care of our residential guests and of course our evening diners.”