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Meet the people behind the crabtree

We have been very fortunate in having some great people to work with us at The Crabtree.
Our policy is to attract bright, motivated, professionals who have a passion and knowledge for food, drink and service.

Simon Hope


The head honcho

Originally from Kent, he studied Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University before moving to London to run the legendary Food for Thought restaurant in Covent Garden.
In 1981 he opened Food for friends restaurants in Brighton followed by Food For Friends Patisserie in 1986 and is the author of 3 cookery books. Since 2004 he has pursued a career in event catering with Food Solutions Partnership, consultancy and journalism.

Hamish Adamson-Hope


Gastro Guru

Football and fitness vie with food for Brighton-born Hamish's attention.
After spending a large part of his youth working front of house at Food for Friends restaurant he successfully completed a degree in Geography at Plymouth Uni. Quickly climbing the catering ladder he became Restaurant Manager at one of Brighton's most famous contemporary food establishments, 'Due South'.
His wealth of experience helps maintain a progressive wine list and run a friendly, unpretentious but knowledgeable service.

Jon Gilham-Hills


The Architect

Quite simply Jon is probably one of the nicest people you will ever meet!
He's also a perfectionist with an attention to detail that means we will have not only the best kept cellar in Sussex but also a fine selection of English, Organic, Vegetarian and Vegan wines.
Jon is a highly skilled carpenter and if you are joining us for dinner the chances are you'll be sitting at a table built by him!

Steve Platel

General Manager

The main man...Mr. Crabtree!

All of our customers love Steve and we think he is pretty great too.
Steve is always in a good mood and will guarantee to put a smile on your face when you pop into the pub.
Also make sure you tell him how much he looks like John Terry...he loves it!!