Much loved Maitre D’ Rodney Gill is celebrating his 40th anniversary in charge of the restaurant at the popular Norway Inn at Perranarworthal.
Rod, who started out at our tenanted pub Norway Inn on £19.50 a week as part of a Youth Opportunity training scheme back in 1978, became synonymous with the historic coaching house during his long years as host and manager, not taking a single day’s sick leave for over 35 years.
Apart from a short stint over at the Alverton Hotel in Truro, Rod has spent his entire working career since the age of 16 at the Norway Inn, offering a warm welcome to everyone who walks through the door as well as raising more than £200,000 across the years for various charities through his acclaimed coffee mornings and fundraising days.
Looking back over the years, Rod attributes his longevity at the Norway to his Cornish roots and the character of the pub itself, saying, “I’ve been asked to work at the Ritz, on board the QE2, you name it but my family have lived in Cornwall for over 900 years and I’m Cornish through and through, so I couldn’t really see myself working anywhere else. Besides, there’s such an amazing community of people who come to the Norway, some of whom have been coming since I started back in 1978. This is more than just a job for me, I love making people feel welcome and they keep coming back, it’s more like being part of a huge family!”