People at The Plough
Nick brings his extensive experience from all areas of the leisure industry to The Plough. Known to many locally as the former owner and driving force behind ice cream wholesaler Gocold, a business he built in partnership with his father Alf in South Cambridgeshire, he is enjoying his return to the licensed and dining trade.
From early years spent DJ-ing in clubs and bars, at age 19, he was co-owner and manager of Butt’s Wine Bar & Bistro in Ipswich (this was the Eighties!). It is no exaggeration to say that the effect this business had on the leisure trade in the area was quite phenomenal, consistently challenging the existing pub companies and breweries to think differently about what could be offered within licensed premises.
Retail experience gained working in record shops (remember those?) and the more corporate worlds of department stores, gave Nick a solid grounding in customer service, business planning, accounting and management skills. These were all put to good use in setting up Gocold, which quickly gathered an enviable reputation for style, service, and doing things just a little bit differently. Working closely with a hugely varied portfolio of retail clients, from traditional corner shops to Buckingham Palace, combining fun elements with solid business sense was Gocold’s strength and the bedrock of its success.
These skills, together with Nick’s love of music, dining, socialising, entertaining, and family, provide a solid, but slightly unusual basis for everything on offer at The Plough.