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Introducing Anna White | Our Longest Serving Member of Staff

Posted in , , , by on July 21, 2014 and has no comments yet

Careys  Manor Hotel blurFrom Italy to New Forest Restaurant

Having devoted over 40 years to The Manor Restaurant at Careys Manor Hotel, Anna White, the longest serving staff member at Careys Manor is a much adored part of the hotel team.

Born in the small Italian town of Nola, just outside Pompeii, Anna moved to Hampshire in 1957 and began working as a waitress. In 1970, her next-door neighbour and wine waiter at Careys Manor Hotel asked if she would consider a part-time waitress position at their New Forest restaurant, The Manor.

The 2 AA Rosette Manor Restaurant sources local seasonal produce to create traditional British dishes with a French influence. The elegant interior of the Manor Restaurant at Careys Manor offers an intimate dining experience complimented by flawless service and exquisite food.

Anna started at The Manor Restaurant with very little experience in the level of service required at the hotel but with the determination to discover as much as possible, teaching herself the impressive skill of silver service.

As her experience and personality grew, it was then that Anna decided to learn more about other roles within the Manor Restaurant, spending almost five years as one of the expert wine waitresses within the restaurant.

Anna is often being applauded on guest comment cards and independent internet reviews:


The second night we ate in the Manor Restaurant which is English fine dining and has the most amazing food. Anna served us and she was the most amazing waitress I have ever met. She was friendly, chatty and took care of every need.”

Comments Blondiebecks,


In a bid to spend more time with her family, Anna even considered retiring from her role at The Manor Restaurant after 40 years but a chat with General Manager, James Hiley-Jones made her realise just how much she would miss her job and the staff she affectionately terms her ‘second family’. In fact, so keen were the hotel to keep hold of their most loyal member of staff they offered her an evening role and position of Chef de Rang which, not only allows her to continue doing the job she loves but still leaves her plenty of time to look after her grandchildren and great grandchildren during the day.


Meet Anna for yourself during your dining break in the New Forest at Careys Manor Hotel or visit us for an evening meal at The Manor Restaurant.

For more information or to make a booking, please call 01590 624467 or contact us online

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