Bar operator recognised in birthday honours

Jillian MacLeanJillian MacLean (pictured), founder and managing director of bar group Drake & Morgan, has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

She received the honour for “services to the hospitality industry” after developing the Drake & Morgan business to six sites across London since 2008, including The Happenstance which opens next month in Ludgate Hill.

Jillian was previously operations director for Novus Leisure, where she was responsible for over 30 venues, and also worked at pub companies Spirit Group, TCG and Mitchells & Butlers where she was operations director across a number of brands.

Other honours announced today for the Queen’s birthday included Andy Wood, chairman of Suffolk brewer, spirits producer and pub company Adnams. With nearly 20 years’ service at the company, he was made an OBE for services to business and the community in East Anglia.

Restaurateur and interior designer Jill Stein has been made an OBE for her services to the restaurant industry. Formerly married to chef Rick Stein, she has developed their business The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall.

Clare Smyth, who is chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea in London, was made an MBE for services to the hospitality industry. Another chef Geoffrey Acott, who is national treasurer and governor of the Craft Guild of Chefs, was made an MBE for services to the restaurant industry.

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