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Local hospitality icon, Salvatore Obinu, joins Rockliffe Halls Clubhouse

ByDave Stopher

Jun 1, 2018

Salvatore Obinu, who jointly owned Sardis in Darlington for thirty years, has joined Rockliffe Hall’s Clubhouse as Restaurant Team Leader.

Salvatore, 55, and his brother, Francesco, originally from Sardinia, were well known in and around Darlington for their great food and exceptional hospitality at Sardis, up until the restaurant closed in January when they were offered a deal to sell the property.

Not ready to retire, Salvatore joined Rockliffe a few months later and has already been awarded Team Member of the Month.

Salvatore, who lives in Darlington with his wife, and has two grown up children, moved from Sardinia in the 1980s after completing a Management and Concierge course at Catering College. He initially worked at a restaurant in Northallerton before setting up the Sardis business with his brother.

Salvatore says: “I wanted to work somewhere where I was passionate about the food and proud of the surroundings so when the opportunity came up for me at Rockliffe Hall’s Clubhouse, it was an easy decision. My number one priority is the customer and I love working front of house.”

Ben Hunt, Clubhouse Restaurant Manager, says: “It’s a great coup for us to have Salvatore join us in The Clubhouse. We’ve got a brilliant team here and he brings so much experience with him, our younger members of staff have already learned so much from him. He’s a true hospitality icon and a breath of fresh air, his rapport with the customers and his attention to detail is exceptional and he’s a pleasure to work alongside.”