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New GM for award-winning Westminster pub

Tom Rickard has been appointed as the new General Manager at the award-winning Blue Boar Pub at the Conrad London St James, the modern London local in Westminster.

Tom has joined Blue Boar Pub from a very strong gastropub background, having begun his management career at The Almanack with Peach Pubs which is based in the Home Counties, and operates 22 gastropubs in market towns.

He moved to London in 2017 as Business Partner with Laine Pubs where the focus was on live music and major events, then to Mosaic Pub & Dining overseeing the food-led operations in their sites across London, which he left in 2022.

Tom shared, “The opportunity to join Blue Boar Pub with its high profile was really exciting for me. It’s always been the gastronomic side of the pub that is my greatest love, and I knew of Sally Abé (the Consultant Chef at Conrad London St James), and her reputation for great British food, ethically sourced.

“I really like the pace of working alongside the hotel team at the Conrad London St James, this is something completely new to me. The pub is a draw for the hotel residents who love to come here to eat and drink when they stay, and we’re building real loyalty from the regulars right across the Westminster village.

“I’m looking forward to making Blue Boar an even better experience for our guests. We’ll be adding some quirky and novel touches alongside launching our new spring food menus and introducing some new wines and spirits which fit with the ethos of pub.

'We already have some pretty experimental regulars and I’m anticipating a great reception for our new ideas.”

Winner of the best Greater London pub in the National Pub & Bar Awards in 2022, the Blue Boar Pub was also awarded the ‘One to watch’ Award 2022, Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs.