Eamonn Phelan calls time on career at the Stanneylands Hotel
PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 April 2016
Stanneylands' front of house manager Eamonn Phelan is a bit of a local celebrity. Now he's ready for a change of scene
He came a long way from Tipperary but put his heart and soul into serving Cheshire diners and guests for 35 years.
Eamonn Phelan, who has been meeting and greeting guests with his signature lilting Irish brogue at Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow, for 16 years and at former hotel The Belfry (now the Hallmark) before that, is, as he puts it, ‘taking a break’.
He is stepping aside from his post at Stanneylands, recently bought by the owners of The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, but despite his long career in the hospitality industry is adamant: ‘I’m not retiring. I have had 16 fabulous years and Stanneylands will always have a special place in my heart.
‘But now I’m taking a break to go travelling a bit with my family and I intend to get back to work at another Cheshire venue for another couple of years when I return in time for Christmas.’
Eamonn first came to England to work as a theatre technician at Wythenshawe Hospital. ‘The job offered me accommodation, education and a wonderful experience, but once you had finished training I found you couldn’t really progress without going back and starting again.
‘I bought a car and earned extra money by taking a part-time job as a bartender at the Valley Lodge Hotel. The Partakis family who owned the hotel made me an offer and I joined full-time. The bar was the hub of the hotel, a wonderful meeting place. I became liquor manager responsible for an annual turnover of £1.43m and experienced all aspects of the trade.
‘But my speciality has always been what I call the shop floor. People are my pleasure. I’ve never been a digital manager and I’ve never called in sick in my entire working life. I moved to The Belfry as deputy general manager and two years later came to Stanneylands.
‘When I started here the hotel had 30 bedrooms and I’m proud to have been part of the team taking it from 3-star to 4-star status with accommodation increased to 55 rooms.’
Eamonn and Jinnah, his Filipina wife of 24 years whom he met at the Valley Lodge, have two children, Emma, who is studying at Brighton University and Patrick, doing his GCSEs.
Their travels will take in Europe first, especially Italy, then the USA and the Philippines.