Interview with Marianna Vakirtzideli, Restaurant Staff

Marianna Vakirtzideli has been at English’s of Brighton for eight years, working with our fantastic team of waiting staff. Here we find out what her favourite aspect of the job is, her favourite dish from the new autumn menu and whether she’s witnessed any of English’s infamous ghosts.

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How long have you worked at English’s of Brighton for?
I have been at English’s since April 2006.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy working in such a great environment – from my fellow colleagues to the managers and, of course, the customers play a big role in this.

What’s your past experience in the restaurant business?
English’s of Brighton was the first restaurant to give me the opportunity to work in the hospitality industry. I started working behind the bar, where I stayed for a long time, before I became a waitress.

What’s your favourite dish?
My favourite dish from the current menu, with no hesitation, is the roasted halibut and fondant potato, with cockle and crayfish sauce.

Do you get a lot of feedback from your customers?
I think we all do, and thankfully it’s mostly positive.

What do you like doing in your spare time?
First and foremost, I like resting! I also enjoy reading books, listening to music, going to the cinema and, of course, shopping.

Have you ever seen any of the infamous ghosts that are said to haunt the restaurant?
Yes, I have! One night, after a long shift, I saw an old lady crying as I was coming down the stairs. When I asked her why she was crying, she told me –
Wait a minute – I’m not revealing any more of my story. If you want to hear more, come and dine at English’s to find out!

If you haven’t seen our new autumn menu, take a look and let us know which dishes catch your eye over on Twitter!