John cut his teeth working as an architectural designer for some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry including Courage, Whitbread and Bass, at a time when brewers were beginning to diversify their estates. On the back of the innovative design templates he created, including the Beefeater and Harvester concepts, many other brands followed suit…
He established his own design practice in 1985, to work with existing and new clients including Bob Peyton/ My Kinda Town, Alan Luben and Roger Myers/ Old Rangoon and The Dome. His unique insights and design philosophies to bear in the creation of stand-out concepts, uniquely tailored interiors in the hospitality and leisure sectors for pubs, bars and restaurants as well as hotels, retail concepts and private commissions. John describes design in his specialist field as “entertainment with humility” and he seeks to differentiate every experience by sourcing or designing elements that reflect each brief uniquely and looks to imaginatively upcycle as many items as he can rather than designing from a catalogue - an important element of his engaging and unique signature.
John has delivered award winning designs for clients including Cheshire Cat Group ( Church Inn Mobberley – Pub of the Year - Pub and Bar Awards 2019) as well as garnering numerous awards for his own group of independent inns - Ramblinns, including twice winning Kent Life Pub of the Year, Kent Pub of the Year National Pub & Bar Awards 2019, Observer Top 10 Inns with Rooms 2018 – (The Five Bells) and Finalist - Best Small Hotel /Visit Kent Awards 2018 (The Woolpack). Recent projects include The Marquis of Granby pub & boutique hotel in Alkham, Rye Candy concept store and The Radnor Arms, Folkestone.
“If you are wondering if there is any way to save this institution (pubs), prepare in Rogers to meet your new messiah. (The Globe Inn Marsh) is the best designed pub I have ever been to. Ramblinns is something unique. It is the first set of pubs I would ever want to go to for breakfast. The only pubs that offer lazy Londoners a ready-made weekend of activities, rooms and meals?. The pub is dead. Long live the pub.” MY PUB CRAWL BY KAYAK/ Helen Rumbelow – THE TIMES – 11th August 2018