WELCOME TO AS YOU LIKE IT

As You Like It Bar & Restaurant is set over 3 sprawling floors, featuring 4 stunning bars with an elegant garden terrace. Jesmond’s most beautiful restaurant and Newcastle’s best bar menu, “The Supper Club”.

We’re open ’til 2am every Friday and Saturday with live entertainment. Also home to “Frangipani”, our extraordinary chintz free, wedding & private function room.

MEET THE TEAM

DALE LILFORD

Assistant General Manager

What's been your favourite project you've worked on at Apartment Group?
The progression from trainee manager to Duty manager at As You Like It was a big project alone! And was my favourite so far. Being put outside of your comfort zone managing the bar, a chaotic main floor, a busy restaurant, or running a wedding, I was always kept on my toes and was excited every time I came to work to see what they day would bring.

Even though I may no longer be the trainee manager, giving others the opportunity to go through the same experiences is still a great project for me.

What do you love most about your job?
The people you get to work with and the new elements of the business you get to learn every day. I have worked with several teams in both As You Like it and the other venues now and it truly does attract the most interesting and entertaining people.
What makes Apartment Group different?
I mentioned already that there is something new happening every day in the apartment group and that is what keeps it exciting. The best thing about it is that, if you want to, you can always be involved. I have always worked at As You Like It but have been given several opportunities to work with the other venues and help with their development too – something that I don’t always think you would be able to do in a different company.

KASEY KOROL

Duty Manager

What's been your favourite project you've worked on at Apartment Group?
I spent a lot of time planning and organising training programme for my front of house team at As You Like it. It was a very hard job, however it’s amazing how much you can do with the right attitude. As You Like It is a very busy and successful venue and it makes me feel very proud to be a part of such an important aspect of the business as the staff training.
What do you love most about your job?
My venue is my second home and it’s very important for me that every single person who walks through the door gets looked after. There’s nothing more satisfying to know that your customers left your venue happy. The same with our team, I love that one of my responsibilities as a manager is to make sure that everyone is enjoying their time at work and happy to be there.
What makes Apartment Group different?
Apartment group is a big family. The amount of support you get every day is absolutely amazing. Senior management team in your venue, our other venues and even our operation managers are always there to help whenever you need anything.

TOM LODGE

Duty Manager

What's been your favourite project you've worked on at Apartment Group?
Being involved in the bar champion training programme has helped me develop my own skills whilst training new staff and being involved with organising the development training sessions. It has also given me an insight in how a venue like AYLI operates back of house as well as what guests see.
What do you love most about your job?
I love having the freedom to learn new things at my own pace and being given opportunities to progress as quickly as I am able to. I also enjoy being challenged to work with high standards and expectations, this pushes me to do more and improve my own skillset.
What makes Apartment Group different?
The training you receive when you first arrive on the bar is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It is the most in depth training I’ve ever had for a bar job. It really shows with the quality of all of the staff and you can clearly see everyone is passionate about working together.

ANDREW MCCONNELL

Trainee Manager

What's been your favourite project you've worked on at Apartment Group?
Since being Supervisor, taking on extra tasks such as running Products of the month has kept the job interesting and constantly changing. We put a lot of emphasis on upselling more premium products in order to make the customers experience more enjoyable at As You Like It. It also helps the other bar and floor members feel confident with their product knowledge as well as being more confident and comfortable talking about different products that they wouldn’t have initially known much about.
What do you love most about your job?
The team, Everyone at As You Like It is on top of their game, coming in with positive attitudes and relaying that onto the customers, making them feel like their experience is much more enjoyable. The team is strong and everyone is clued up on what they are doing within the venue.
What makes Apartment Group different?
The way they treat staff… Some would say it’s second to none. The staff perks are great, company wide. Incentives ran every other week, with Employee of the month, MVP’s and lots of other little upselling tasks, with rewards at the end. One of the best companies for perks within the Northeast Bar industry.

MEGAN ARCHER

Wedding Coordinator

What's been your favourite project you've worked on at Apartment Group?
In 2014, I was lucky enough to redesign and reinvigorate my venue’s cocktail menu and also, I became more involved with venue operations and recruitment but the biggest project by far was hitting the ground running as Acting General Manager with our new venues in Otterburn after spending 6 months abroad travelling on a sabbatical.ew ideas.

What do you love most about your job?
The people; every customer and member of staff is different and every day is a different experience so my job is always interesting!

Plus, I’m lucky enough to work in an absolutely stunning wedding venue and gastropub in the heart of the beautiful English countryside…not many people have such a beautiful view from their office!s.

What makes Apartment Group different?
The responsibility you get to have ownership over your own projects and drive your own career is great.

When I was opening the public side of our venues in Otterburn, I suddenly was finding myself recruiting management staff, costing and designing food menus and work rota’s, overseeing venue maintenance and licensing and so much more!

I’d only ever worked in bars & restaurants, so when the opportunity arose to play a part in the opening of a hotel as fabulous as Le Petit Chateau, I jumped all over it!nowledge.

WILL REVENHALL

Supervisor

What's been your favourite project you've worked on at Apartment Group?
You cant beat a Holly Ball at As You Like It, probably one of the hardest but rewarding shifts I have ever worked. From starting as a waiter, polishing glasses and cutlery for months, my progression in As You Like It has been a very fun and exciting journey. The company pushes you to develop your skills in service and food and drink knowledge, and gives you the freedom to have input in projects within work. I have always had a love for food, and have been lucky enough to have had influence in the creation of new food menus, plus with having a degree in Product design, I have been able to work on interior elements of the restaurant, and been involved in the graphic design of the menus. I have not only developed my service skills, but have been able to include my love of design in work. Throughout my years at As You Like It I have received a number of training sessions to extend my knowledge of food and drinks. From wine tasting and pairing to food testing, I have been lucky enough to be involved in these training sessions, meaning that my level of understanding of food and drink has improved massively.
What do you love most about your job?
My favourite thing about As You Like It is the sense of family between the staff, having worked there for such long a time; I have had the chance to meet a lot of amazing people.
What makes Apartment Group different?
The main thing that makes the Apartment group different is the flexibility of the company, one day you could be working in the restaurant, serving 17oz tomahawk steaks, the next you’re working a 200 person wedding in the frangipani. Again this promotes a wider understanding of customer service, and venue knowledge.

ALEC SPOWAGE

Supervisor

What's been your favourite project you've worked on at Apartment Group?
I had my supervisor trial over the Christmas period, which was a fantastic opportunity to develop my own skills whilst taking on more responsibility. Whilst it was definitely a hectic period my managers ensured I had all the support I needed in work as well as giving me the time and flexibility to complete my Masters workload alongside. The whole month of December was probably my favourite time at work as we had plenty of challenges but as a team we really pulled together and overcame everything that was thrown at us.
What do you love most about your job?
I think the thing I love most about my job is the people I work with and how well we all get together to get the job done, no matter how difficult a shift is.
What makes Apartment Group different?
The training we got when I first started and then how this is carried forward and built upon on every shift by all the managers is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever worked.

BILLY PATRICK

Functions & Events Manager

What's been your favourite project you've worked on at Apartment Group?
Every single day is a favourite project because each wedding I’m involved with is completely different. Every wedding I do is special and unique, memorable in its own way.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the variety the job brings. I meet a new group of people every day I come to work and get a lot of pleasure from helping to make their day as enjoyable as possible. I also enjoy working in a team which not only works like a well-oiled machine, but also makes the job great fun.
What makes Apartment Group different?
It’s a fascinating mixture of very high standards, can-do attitude, true professionalism, quirkiness, teamwork and great fun. I’ve never been involved in anything like it.

CONTACT US

Email: info@asyoulikeitjesmond.com

Telephone: 0191 281 2277

Address:
As You Like It
Two Jesmond Three Sixty
Jesmond
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 1RE