Meet the Blinis team

Blinis team


From left to right: Ady, Annelie, Mike

Blinis Café Bar is a family run business owned by the Hook family, who also own and manage the Royal York & Faulkner Hotel in Sidmouth.

We rely on a small but perfectly formed Blinis team to deliver the scrumptious food, exceptional service and relaxed atmosphere that you’ve come to expect here.

All three of the core team initially worked at the Royal York & Faulkner Hotel before joining Blinis.

Read on to find out a bit more about each of them.

Mike – Manager

Our longest-standing staff member, Mike, joined the hotel’s restaurant and bar team where he worked for six years before moving to Blinis in 2002.

Mike is our manager and responsible for the smooth running of the café-bar and restaurant. He’s very much part of Blinis and knows all our regular customers well.

He’s also a master barista and makes a mean cup of coffee!

A local lad, originally from nearby Ottery St Mary, Mike lives with his wife and two children in Sidmouth.

Annelie – Head Chef

Annelie joined the hotel in 2002 after leaving her birthplace, South Africa. She trained in the hotel’s kitchen before taking over the Blinis’ kitchen in 2008.

Annelie pretty much single-handedly runs the kitchen – from menu planning and inventing new dishes to preparing each plate of food.

Her home-made skate and caper fishcakes are a must try if you haven’t already!

Annelie lives in Sidmouth with her husband and children.


Romanian-born Ady is our newest member of the team. He joined Blinis just 18 months ago after working previously in the hotel.

Ady works with Mike in front of house, so he’ll be a familiar face if you’re a regular visitor.

Outside of work, Ady is a keen amateur photographer, and indeed many photos on this website were taken by our talented barista and barman Ady.

Ady also lives in Sidmouth; just a stone’s throw from Blinis.

Whether you visit us for morning coffee, a spot of lunch, afternoon tea, or a glass of wine, you can rest assured that our fantastic team will do everything they can to make your visit an enjoyable one.


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