Hospitality is justly characterised as a “gypsies trade” or “transient business”, which is why we feel proud to highlight the strong bond of our Royal Hotel Family. Many of our staff have been together for a number of years, veterans from the Mat Chapman era. Most of us have worked together for over a decade.
“Chappy” comes from solid hospitality stock, following in the proud footsteps of his father in Pub management. Once the youngest publican in New South Wales, Mat originally managed the Royal from 1998 to late 2007. He returned in 2011 and ran the place under early 2019, before handing over the reins to protege, Greg Kabar. Chappy is a prominent Tumut citizen, widely sought as a sounding board for many organisations and a bona fide Tumut Bulls Godfather. His imprint on the place can still be felt even though he has stepped back and gone onto other work in town.
The “Guru” was drawn to Tumut from Sydney in 2004, and began first working with Chappy a month later as Chef in the old Royal Kitchen. This successful working relationship continued until 2019, with the ‘Guru’ serving as Chappy’s right hand or 2IC from 2011-2019. Greg took over the role of Licensee in early 2019, and while he may hide in the office a bit more than he used to, a trick he learned from Chappy, you can still find him pouring beers throughout the week, and yes, he still loves to have a chat.
Greg is certainly one of the towns more visible citizens despite his small stature, due to his various roles throughout the community as a fundraiser, newspaper columnist, expertise giver on local radio and entertainer at community events.
Greg has over 20 years experience within the hospitality industry.
Kevin is Tumut born and raised and a true son of the Royal Hotel. He was the original bar manager at the Royal when Greg was still cooking schnitzels. Kev left Tumut in 2009 and embarked on a highly successful international career of hotel and restaurant management. Kev has run restaurants in London, opened them in Dubai and you may have even seen him running pubs in Surry Hills the last few years. kev was the first person Greg called to help him with management of the Hotel after Chappy stepped aside.
Amber is well known in Tumut as a remarkable chef who has been knocking out quality fare from the moment she left high school. Once the youngest qualified chef in the Riverina to run her own kitchen, Amber can still be found feeding the good folk of Tumut nearly every day of the week. There is no denying chefs get little respite. Amber juggles the role of chef, while playing a part in management, with aplomb. But we wouldn’t expect anything less from her.
‘Loz’ defines that old hospitality maxim of “once in, never out” having worked in numerous hotels and pubs over the years. Her natural talent for bar work has established her as a front bar favourite with customers and seen her supervise night proceedings throughout most of the week. Loz puts a smile on the face of customers through her genuine love of the place and the people who frequent it.
Jane is a Tumut hospitality all-star, having been with us at the Royal for over a decade. In this time she has worn many hats as her talent easily translates to both bar and kitchen. Jane now takes a prominent role as one of our ‘leaders’ behind the bar, and can be found pouring beers and giving counsel most days of the week.
Claire has worked in the food service industry since she was 17. She began her career at the Royal Hotel in 2012 and within 6 months also became a fixture pouring beers behind the bar.
Easily distinguishable by her radiant smile, Claire still works at the Royal in both bar and kitchen. As well as studying remedial massage, Claire is a gifted local photographer whose first love however remains with hospitality.
Dan is a fresh face to hospitality, joining the team late in 2018, and cementing himself as part of our weekend team through his earnest commitment to the service industry. A natural charmer, Dan plays a prominent role in ensuring all who pass through the Royal are satisfied with wonderful service and colourful stories.
Tumut’s Royal Hotel is also proud to assist the local community in any way possible, and one way we do this is by offering hospitality experience to those who may not otherwise get the chance.
Over the years we have trained a number of locals we are proud to say have gone on to considerable success in the industry elsewhere around the world.
Currently we are most proud of being able to offer young Joseph Ecclesten an opportunity to learn about the business. He has already established himself as the Fastest Glassy in Group 9, and can be seen often throughout the week lending a hand or entertaining customers with stories. Joe has now been with the company since 2011 and has become a beloved (depending on whether manly win or lose) member of the Royal Hotel, and Tumut itself. Joe is as synonymous now with the Royal Hotel as cold tap beer and great food.