The World According To... Jo Radford

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

23 July 2015

Winner of the Hot Stuff gong at Imbibe’s 2015 Personality of the Year Awards, Jo Radford talks dachshunds, tats and samosas with Laura Foster

2004-2009 Floor staff and bartender at The Atrium and Blue in Edinburgh (Jo’s parents’ old businesses)
2010-2011 Worked at Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms, Byron Bay, Australia
2011-2012 Bar manager at St Elmo Dining Room & Bar, Byron Bay, Australia
2012-present Director at Timberyard, Edinburgh, focusing on drinks

‘We eat a lot of supermarket samosas at Timberyard. When you’re working in hospitality, you can get very lazy with your food.’

‘I’m a massive Elvis fan. The earlier the better for me. By the time he got into the Vegas years it was quite nasty.’

‘I used to surf in Scotland before I went to Australia, but I haven’t been in the water since I got back – I’m too scared of the cold now.’

‘I love Edinburgh, it’s absolutely beautiful. But the middle class here is very difficult to please. They can be stubborn and stuck in their ways when it comes to food and drink.’

‘Sausage dogs are my favourite breed. They’re rather comical – they’ve definitely got little man syndrome. I own a scruffy dachshund pup called Jemima.’

‘We’ve had craft spirits and beers, now it’s time for soft drinks. We’re making soft drinks and hope it will grow.’

‘I studied psychology at uni, but I wimped out at the last minute – I think I’m a little too sensitive. But I’m a sucker for Midsomer Murders and Lewis. Perhaps that’s my way of living out the life of a criminal psychologist!’

‘I have a lot of tattoos. I’ve had a couple of rules over the years: never to go below the elbow, and then the wrist. I broke those quite quickly. It’s now never to go above the neckline.’

‘I went to Australia with my friend for three months and ended up staying in Byron Bay for two years. It’s like Neverland – there’s a lot of people who live there and don’t want to grow up.’

‘We’ve definitely noticed an impact on our alcohol sales with the tightening up of the drink-driving laws in Scotland.’

‘I eat way too many gummy sweets, like Haribo and Natural Confectionery Co’s Jelly Snakes. There’s always a trip to the shop before service.’


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