In this week’s My Positive Life interview, we talk to Lisa Yearwood of Drake & Morgan. Having just launched a new restaurant – The Fable – in Holborn, the chain has opened seven restaurants in 6 years and their plans don’t stop there. With ten more restaurants to open in the next few years it’s onwards and upwards for the bar group who pride themselves on having sustainability at the core of their business.
We find out how Lisa keeps her life positive.
One word that describes you?
In your own words, what do you do?
I’m the customer guardian for the Drake & Morgan collection, creating, evolving and protecting our brand.
Who is your greatest influence in your career/life?
My boss Jillian, she is relentless in the pursuit of perfection, inspiring in her ways of working and motivating at all the right times. One day I hope to achieve what she has.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Hanging out with our lovely customers and creating new concepts.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Being relentless on standards and not accepting average.
What is your greatest achievement?
The opening of The Fable in February, being part of an amazing team creating the concept, seeing my grandmothers books on display in the library and how much our customers fell in love with the bar.
What was your Plan B?
What is your most prized possession?
My engagement ring always makes me feel loved and happy.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Breathe and enjoy the journey.
Please complete the sentence… I could not live without…
Cheese and red wine.
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Michelle Obama. She must have some wonderful stories.
Sustainability and consumption are two words you will hardly find in the same sentence – which brands do you think are good quality and are doing their bit for people and the planet?
My favourite place in the world (at the moment) is Babylonstoren in South Africa, it’s a sustainable farm, restaurant and hotel that looks after their local community. In the UK, Trill Farm products are incredible, a friend brought me a hamper and I have been in love with their smoked lamb since, plus the trust helps teach on sustainability and positive lifestyle.
Do you support a charity or cause?
Kids Company is hugely close to us all at Drake & Morgan. We have raised £25k through our amazing customers and teams so far and would like to see this at over £50k by September.
What are your positive fashion staples this season?
The classic Celine python bag is just beautiful, as I have a birthday coming I am very much hoping this will make its way to me soon. Neal’s Yard Remedies lovely bee hand-cream goes everywhere with me.
What is your personal luxury?
Travel, I love travelling the world looking for new inspiration, ideas and meeting new people.
What is your most treasured luxury item?
My iPad to read, work, explore, stay in contact with family around the world and capture moments on the camera.
What steps do you take to make your life more positive?
Take time out of the day to do something selfish, swim and run to calm my body and bikram yoga to calm my mind. Work life balance can be difficult so on Sundays I ensure I don’t answer emails and spend time with friends and family.