Spent most of her childhood running wild, baking meals for her stuffed toys, digging holes and looking grubby.
Left school and attended Cleveland College of Art & Design, followed by Newcastle College with an idea of becoming a textile artist.
During this period of study, a series of jobs in local bars and restaurants helped keep her solvent. Notably, The Georgian Theatre in Stockton on Tees and the McCoy’s Moby Grape & Elephant Bar & Grill. Both added to her love of music, live performance and atmosphere.
Working at Hide Bar & Grill Yarm introduced her to the world of cocktails and mixology.
A year out in Australia post study taught her how to make coffees and gave a whole new meaning to the world of hospitality. The decision that this was the industry of choice came easily after this trip, along with a love for banana bread.
A return to the UK, briefly tried to get a “proper job”. Hated it.
Joined the team at The Cross Keys, Yarm working in both the night club and their restaurant, making it to restaurant supervisor.
Applied, and was accepted to be part of the opening team for Marco Pierre Whites Steakhouse in Newcastle – attached to Hotel Indigo.
Made the move to Muse in Yarm as their opening team and was promoted to Assistant Manager. This is where she met Ian.
Her final paid job was with The Crathorne Arms, Crathorne Village as General Manager, working under Eugene & Barbara McCoy of Tontine & MasterChef fame.
For Kirstine, The Velveteen Rabbit Luncheon Club is a chance to experiment with the restaurant layout and get creative. The Rabbit is all about the experience and the atmosphere is a big part of that. From the underground live music bar to the chesterfield at the back, all of the furniture is carefully considered and moved to create a different feel. Her training in Australia and in Newcastle lends itself to the café culture that The Velveteen Rabbit is all about.