Meet The Team
Ian Linstead - Owner
Ian is responsible for the whole business and will often be found working front of house. He has spent the last 5 years teaching A level Business Studies at Highworth Grammar School in Ashford, but prior to that he owned a public house near Tonbridge and has had senior roles in the music industry and hospitality. Ian is a hands on operator who prides himself on excellent customer service and man-management skills. He is passionate towards supporting Kent producers, hence the very 'support local' ethos behind The Hop and Huffkin.
Bruce Stratford - Head Chef
As head chef, Bruce is responsible for the management of the entire kitchen, but most importantly he is the creative genius behind some of the fabulous dishes we are able to bring you using local produce! He has many years experience as a chef, starting very young working in the family business near Canterbury.
Kirsty Jarman - Front of House Manager
Kirsty was the first member of the bar team to be recruited. With a background in retail and as a trained dancer she seemed ideal; we've certainly kept her on her toes! Kirsty is very popular amongst our customers delivering great service, always with a smile. She has very quickly become a natural in hospitality! Kirsty is also in charge of decorations at the Hop and makes all the fabulous paper flowers you will see about the place.
Kyrstie Linstead - Front of House Supervisor
Kyrstie is very recognisable by her ginger (orange!) hair. She loves dogs, especially French Bulldogs, and pretends to dislike children. Funny though, because children in the Hop seem to love her! She has worked for both Majestic Wine and SABMiller, where she looked after their premium draught lagers such as Peroni and Pilsner Urquell in East Anglia. She is now equally at home with a glass of Westwell Pelegrim fizz or a bottle of Chapel Down Curious Brew!
We’d also like to mention our good and local friend Jim Marshall who has shown such enthusiasm towards this project and has been the greatest help with so many aspects of The Hop and Huffkin’s development.
The Hop and Huffkin, Kentish Bar and Dining Room is the result of passion, a year of research and plenty of support from old and new friends and family. The concept supports the trend and desire to eat and drink artisan products that are sourced locally and to keep food simple yet top quality. With Kent being my home as well as such a beautiful county, it hasn't been hard to find an array of amazing artisan food and drink suppliers practically on The Hop and Huffkin's doorstep.
My team at The Hop and Huffkin passionately believe in supporting local. We source as much of our food and drink from as close as possible and I employ locally whenever possible. Please do 'hop in' if you're in or near Sandwich, Kent.
- Ian Linstead, Owner