Our People


Rob Greacen grew up in Ireland and studied at Dublin University before making his way into commercial property in London then property and venture capital globally. It’s with great friends from those days, James and Pat, that he runs Stay Original Co.

One of Rob’s other business interests is River Cottage, and it was there he found Tom Blake, a former head chef who oversees the phenomenal food we serve.

jamesJames Brooke-Webb grew up on the Devon and Somerset border where his first jobs included working on local farms and behind the bar of the local pub. He pursued a successful career in commercial property but, returning to those youthful times, he’s once again in the South West, having joined Rob at Stay Original Co in 2006.



Pat Gill is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Surveyor notching up 25 years-experience before joining the board at Stay Original Co, working alongside Rob and James.


Tom Blake wanted to work long hours in hot places and decided to become a chef. He joined Stay Original having honed his skills at River Cottage. He creates award-winning food and writes brilliant menus. With a fantastic network of West Country farmers and suppliers, fresh local food is where it begins and ends for Tom: and that is a great thing for our customers.


Natalie Zvonek-Little studied psychology at UWE, Bristol and then went straight into this business, getting to know catering and hospitality inside out, which is why we are so lucky to have her leading the front of house teams, encouraging the informal engaging professionalism at the heart of Stay Original Co.