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Weekly food and drink podcast launches to give a voice to the humans of hospitality

 Humans of Hospitality launches on all major podcast platforms
 Presented by hotelier and restaurateur Mark Cribb and produced by former Radio 4 producer Miranda Birch
 Weekly shows feature independent hospitality entrepreneurs

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February 26, 2019, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK. Press Dispensary. For lovers of quality dining and the wider world of hospitality, a new weekly podcast launches today. Humans of Hospitality ( is the first professionally produced podcast to focus on the people behind the UK’s exceptional independent hospitality sector, featuring in-depth interviews with the producers of ingredients and the people who combine them to create amazing new dishes and drinks, together with the owners of the bars, cafés and restaurants who supply their memorable settings.

Presented by hotel and restaurant entrepreneur Mark Cribb and available now on platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher and TuneIn, Humans of Hospitality each week uncovers a new and inspiring story, celebrating independent hospitality’s many achievements but also delving behind the scenes to examine the challenges facing independent businesses, from excruciatingly tight profit margins to tackling competitors such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

Mark Cribb said: “I’m launching Humans of Hospitality so that the many varied voices of the independent world of food, drink and hospitality are heard and the issues they face get a proper airing. I respect the entrepreneurs who’ve made it big and turned their enterprises into chains but I worry that the rise of formulaic wining, dining and overnighting will make the planet pale and uninteresting.

“There are lots of podcasts that focus on particular aspects of hospitality, such as different types of food and drink, but Humans of Hospitality will cover every angle and generate thought-provoking discussions along the way.”

Humans of Hospitality, which is produced by former Woman’s Hour and Desert Island Discs producer Miranda Birch, has four programmes available at launch:

Rupert Holloway thanks his understanding girlfriend, now wife, Emily, for his dramatic transition from successful (but miserable) chartered surveyor to founder of Conker Spirit, whose gin is today favoured in Marco Pierre White’s establishments.

Joel Lovett of Bad Hand Coffee roasters has a conversation of two halves, ranging from life in an abandoned brothel, plant-based diets and low commitment dining to the financial challenges of hospitality and going in with your eyes wide open –a theme at the Humans of Hospitality heart.

David Sax left his career in finance to open The Cow in Dorset, an overnight success that won National Pub of the Year and attracted such regulars as Guy Ritchie, Madonna and Jeremy Clarkson. But after he added The Museum Inn, the pressures of long days led him to get out of the business. Yet now he’s back with Maison Sax, a café-bar-bistro hybrid. Why? He says he might have a screw loose. Listeners can decide.

Steve Farrell, MD and brewer at Eight Arch Brewing, started home-brewing in his garage but none of his friends would touch the stuff. Humans of Hospitality discovers how, in just a few years, his beer has evolved from undrinkable to award-winning.

Further programmes in February and March feature
 Helen Browning, organic farmer (Helen Browning Organics) and chief executive of the Soil Association
 Jimmy Cregan, co-founder of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, who reveals why looking at a builder’s backside led to an iced coffee now stocked in pretty well every UK supermarket
 Ceri Cryer, Dairy Industry Woman of 2018 and the fifth generation of her family to have made cheese at her family farm, Brinkworth Dairy
 Oli Perron, who turned Lunch’d from ‘a bit of a car crash’ to a business with 24,000 office lunches under its belt, is confident he can give Uber Eats and Deliveroo a run for their money

Mark said: “We live in a culture where venture capitalists invest in a concept, not because it’s about people, hospitality or stories but because they can buy in at 50 units, increase it to a hundred, flip it and double their money. I’m nervous that corporate budgets are making our wonderfully diverse world of hospitality formulaic and dull... with the same repetitive concept on every street corner.

“Hospitality is about human reaction: eye contact, smile, food and time with each other. If we lose that in one generation, because of technology and the big guys, the world will be a way sadder place. So I want to celebrate the stories of the independent Humans of Hospitality, with their quirkiness, individuality and energy. And I want to open up the discussion about what we all stand to lose."

Humans of Hospitality can be found through a simple search on all major podcast players, on Soundcloud at ( or by visiting (

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Notes for editors

Audio clips for all current programmes are available from producer Miranda Birch at the contact details below.

About Mark Cribb
In 2005 Mark set up Urban Guild, the Dorset-based family of boutique hotel and restaurants, after traveling the world and soaking up the atmosphere of cities and villages in Asia, Australasia and the Caribbean. He returned with vivid memories of richly diverse cultures and magical moments, when complete strangers invited him in to share their food, drink and stories. He returned determined to create spaces where other people could eat, drink and share memorable moments with family, friends and colleagues.

That same wonder and delight now inspire Mark to rise regularly at 5am to meet his interviewees and record Humans of Hospitality before spending the day managing Urban Guild.

For further information please contact
Mark Cribb, founder, presenter, interviewer
Humans of Hospitality
Tel: + 44 (0)7977 582579

Miranda Birch, producer
Humans of Hospitality
WhatsApp/mobile: + 44 (0)7456 416 475


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