February 2015 Update

An insight into the restaurant on a monthly basis

A message from Sara & Peter

When you read this the transfer of the restaurant business at the Lighthouse will have happened.

The good news is that not a lot will change.

Guy will still be heading up the kitchen team, and all the familiar faces that look after you front of house will still be there.

The really good news is that the business has been sold to Sam Hayes, who has been looking after you for as long as any of you will remember, and who will be carrying on the Lighthouse tradition of great food and service.

It is certainly true that some things will change. But Sam is a consummate restaurateur and you can be sure that as he stamps his personality on the Lighthouse it will all be to the good.

We will miss it, but the truth is that we will also get very used to not having the responsibility and to be able to hand over to Sam is more than we could have expected as we slowly go over the hill.

Three cheers for Sam and Maxine we say, and we wish them every success for a happy and prosperous future.

Love to you all from both of us.



We bring another installment of our monthly blog series, ‘The People of the Lighthouse’ by interviewing Gergo Kocsis about his experiences within the catering industry, at the Lighthouse, and everything in between. Gergo is originally from Szeged, in Hungary and has been at the Lighthouse for 2 years, helping in any way possible from the front of house to the kitchen.

Past Experience (Where have you been? How did you end up at the Lighthouse?)

I came over from Hungry to Aldeburgh as my older brother was working at the Aldeburgh Market which is owned by Sara and Peter and they then helped me get into contact with Sam and I started working at the Lighthouse 

What other types of jobs have you had before coming here?

Pretty much the same line of business, I was a waiter back in Hungary and then moved onto helping in the kitchen when I was at the Aldeburgh Market, which has then led me to doing a bit of both here at the Lighthouse, I like to help out where I’m needed.

How much does it differ in each country? For work/ Money/ Expereince?

To sum it up, in Hungary you did more hours for less money, but that’s just how it worked over there. The work itself wasn’t different at all. Since coming to The Lighthouse I have been able to gain much more experience and have been given more training which has helped me to become better at my job.

Do you enjoy the hustle and bustle of August in Aldeburgh or do you prefer the quieter months in the winter? Why?

I prefer August if I’m going to be honest, it’s busier which is great because I always like to have something to do, I also find the atmosphere is better due to more people being in the restaurant and with the nice weather.

If there was anyone in the world you could have lunch with, whom would it be and why? Would this be out of personal awe or work related?

It would be my family. We all work very hard and don’t get much time together so it would be good to have lunch with everyone for a good catch up.

What makes you get up and go in the morning?

I enjoy my job, simply enough, I like what I do, the people I work with and the customers who come in to the restaurant.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I go to the gym a lot, a least a minimum of 5 times a week, I like to stay fit and eat healthy food. I also like to relax and just spend time with friends and family.

Thanks Gergo, see you around!

No worries, take care.



There we have it, another month over. We look forward to seeing you at The Lighthouse soon.

Remember it’s mothering Sunday on the 15th of March, call one of the team to book a table, 01728 453377.