Meet the Landlord: Kate Preston of The Wellington

CHEERS! Kate Preston, landlady of The Wellington pub
CHEERS! Kate Preston, landlady of The Wellington pub
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RUNNING a pub every day means landlady Kate Preston doesn’t get the chance to do much else.

But on occasions she finds the time to keep fit and unwind with an easy-reading book.

As well as being a barman at The Wellington, her son Jack Preston works for Express FM and is a freelance journalist for the Chichester Observer.

Kate said: ‘Life is hectic so I try and unwind when I can.

‘I like to swim four days a week and I get into the gym. It helps me to relax and get rid of stress.

‘I also really enjoy reading, mainly easy stuff like magazines.

‘I love travelling as well. I’ve had the chance to travel across the globe and visit some amazing places, including Asia and America.’

Kate’s father John Preston formerly owned Murrays restaurant, in Burgoyne Road, Southsea.

He took his passion for the food business home every day and encouraged his daughter to try out different dishes.

As a young adult Kate travelled with her father across Europe to look for fine restaurants to dine in.

It was these experiences that made her want to train as a chef at Highbury College, in Tudor Crescent, Cosham, in its hospitality and catering department.

After leaving Highbury College, Kate went on to work at Boater’s Wine Bar, in London, before becoming a business travel organiser at American Express, Thomas Cook and IBM.

Kate said: ‘Travelling has definitely made me become the person I am today. Food is my passion and it’s the main player in my business.’