Stephen Mann (Director)
Stephen Mann is, and has been a director of several multi-million pound companies, which have experienced great success over the years. He has built an understanding of modern business techniques in today’s changing markets. He is a member of the institute of directors and consultants, and has a specialty in business infrastructure coupled with health and safety management and training.
In the past, Stephen worked for Bass Taverns as Restaurant Manager at ‘Mayflower’ Public House in London SE16, where he introduced a new A la Carte menu and management systems. After three months, he went to The Adams Arms in W1 as the licensee manager. The gross income of the House went up by 93% on the previous manager and profits were up by 82%.
‘I was one of the very few who managed to beat the Budget for that year in spite of the recession, with a very high net profit of 32.4%,’ said Stephen. He was also the Manager for the bars and food at Harrods and the Ferry Boat Inn, where he opened a new restaurant and two new bars with great success. He coached and trained new staff, as well as running new NVQ courses at Bass Head office, Mile End. Stephen has also run many other restaurants and pubs for Bass.
The term Enogastronomy represents a synthesis, and is a definition from Latin meaning: wine+food. The idea being that it contains many different components, such as the natural environment, history and culture, social models, plus particularly good wine and cuisine (almost local) matching well.
The Vine will include an Organic Wine Shop (concept organic wines to take away). It is located at Vine Street, Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex. CM7 4SR.
This wonderfully presented inn is situated in the delightful country village of Great Bardfield and can be easily reached from junction 8 of the M11 motorway near Stansted Airport. Situated within the commuter belt, approximately ONLY 40 miles from the capital city of London and also having excellent road communications providing easy access to the M25, A1(M), A120 and the M1 motorways making this superb location an extremely popular commuter area for the major motorways and the major international airports of Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick.
The village of Great Bardfield is also within the catchment area of many similar affluent villages and towns in addition to being situated close Finchingfield, Great Dunmow, Braintree and Bishops Stortford.
Demographics and History of the Area
Great Bardfield is a large village (population around 2000) in Essex, England. It came to national attention during the 1950s as home to the Great Bardfield Artists. The village is located approximately nine miles (14 km) north west of Braintree and some 12 miles (19 km) south east of Saffron Walden.
Henry VIII is said to have given Bardfield to Anne of Cleves as part of his divorce settlement and a number of buildings in the village are associated with Anne of Cleves, including The Grade II listed Great Lodge and its associated Grade I-listed barn, now named after her. The 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) grounds include a Grade I listed barn and a vineyard. Great Bardfield is home to the Bardfield Cage, a 19th-century village lock-up, and the Bardfield Museum.
Great Bardfield played another important role in the history as it is the home of is a rare plant only found where Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire meet. Originally it was thought that Oxlips were cowslip-primrose hybrids, but in 1842 Henry Doubleday and Charles Darwin conducted tests on plants collected from Great Bardfield and concluded that this was not so. For a while the plant was known as the Bardfield Oxlip. The common cowslip-primrose hybrid is known as the False Oxlip.