Historic Deerfield Inn chooses Brit as new leader

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For the Gazette
Thursday, December 29, 2016

DEERFIELD — Following the departure of longtime innkeepers Jane Howard and Karl Sabo, The Deerfield Inn has a new leader.

This month, Historic Deerfield announced the appointment of Steve Pardoe, a Manchester, England, native who’s lived in Deerfield off-and-on since 1989.

Pardoe now lives in Old Deerfield — not far from the historic 1884 inn — with his wife of 34 years, Susan Pardoe. Together, they have two daughters and one granddaughter, Rachel, Jessica and Eliana.

“Steve is a terrific choice to lead the inn for two reasons,” Historic Deerfield President Philip Zea said. “First, is his life experience in hospitality in England, the Caribbean and New England. And then there’s the fact that he’s worked here before and has been our neighbor for decades.”

Over the years, Pardoe has worked in many different capacities in the hospitality industry, including at the Rashlaigh Inn in Cornwall, England; he owned a restaurant and managed a hotel in the British Virgin Islands; worked as head chef on the “Wanderlust,” a 65-foot chartered yacht; opened the Bernardston Inn in 1983 and managed Hotel Northampton.

In the late 1990s, he worked at The Deerfield Inn twice: first as the function manager from 1995 to 1998, then as dining room manager from 1998 to 2001.

Pardoe also owned Flat Street Brew Pub and Taproom restaurant in Brattleboro before it was damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

“The third time’s the charm,” Pardoe said in the statement about returning to the historic inn as its innkeeper. “Under the guidance of Karl and Jane, the inn’s dedicated and supportive team has helped make my transition smooth.”