By Mick Jensen
He’s been the face of hospitality in Tinwald for the last 17 years, but Trevor Whiting is pulling his last pint and retirement beckons.
The 66-year-old is calling time on managing the Tinwald Tavern complex, which includes a busy pub, restaurant, bottlestore and motel operation.
The complex has long been one of the Ashburton Licensing Trust’s (ALT) top performers and Trevor’s passion and experience have been a big part of its success over the years.
Trevor has overseen and managed the tavern revamp and new bottlestore, both in 2003, and the addition of a new 12 room motel complex six years later.
He said he would miss his staff and the regular patrons, a third of whom travelled over the bridge from Ashburton.
“I think because of our location on the edge of town, we attract a healthy mix of people from both town and country, so we get the best of both worlds.”
“I had 11 people working for me when I first started, but as we’ve developed the hospitality offering, I now have a staff of 35.”
He said he had enjoyed the challenges of expansion and developing new businesses, but was now ready to call it a day.
A seven-day-a-week operation was a big commitment and retirement was calling.
He intended spending more time at the bach at Twizel and fishing and would also enjoy more time whitebaiting, which was another passion.
“I’ll also have more time with the grand children, including watching them play sport for a change.”
A packed house at the Tinwald Tavern last weekend for the screening of Joseph Parker’s fight was a fitting swansong for popular Trevor, who finishes up on Sunday.