Leading Thames river cruise company, Bateaux London, has strengthened its team with the appointment of one of the hospitality industry’s most experienced figures.The company, which operates a range of lunch and dining cruises on its two vessels, Harmony and Symphony, has recruited former Blenheim Palace general manager Clinton Parker Brooks to the role of food and beverage manager.
Clinton, from Birmingham, brings more than 40 years’ experience to the role, having worked at a number of prestigious venues across the UK and abroad.
He studied at the École Lenôtre in Paris, before joining the city’s five star Hôtel Plaza Athénée and later the Paul Bocuse restaurant, Lyon, both as a graduate chef.
From there he moved on to the Sandy Lane resort, Barbados, where he helped to train staff. Since returning to the UK Clinton has held a variety of managerial positions at venues such as Royal Armouries, Leeds; Glasgow’s Celtic Park stadium; Sandown Park and Epsom racecourses and, latterly, Blenheim Palace, home of the Dukes and Duchesses of Marlborough.
In his new role he will be responsible for the day to day running of Bateaux London, which operates from Embankment Pier, at Victoria Embankment, working with the on-board team of chefs, the front of house staff and the captain and crew.
“I am delighted to be joining the Bateaux London team,” said Clinton, “and look forward to meeting some of the many thousands of visitors who experience London’s most famous sights from the comfort of Harmony and Symphony.
“I am very much a people person and can’t wait to step aboard.”
Along with its scheduled daily cruises, Bateaux London offers private hire of Harmony and Symphony for events such as networking receptions, gala dinners and award ceremonies and each has a private dining room for smaller scale events and business lunches.
“We pride ourselves in offering a sophisticated level of river cruising which combines excellent dining with on-board entertainment, all set against the backdrop of some of the city’s best known landmarks,” said marketing manager Gareth Brown.
“And Clinton’s vast experience, which incorporates just about every area of the hospitality industry, will be a considerable asset, not just to Bateaux London, but to our customers.”