Em Hill gave up the chance to move to London and pursue a career in singing because she felt her home was in the Lakes. Now she is managing The Jumble Room restaurant in Grasmere and hasn’t looked back since.

“I was born in Grasmere, grew up in Hawkshead and now I live in Outgate,” said Em.

“After going to school locally then to Kendal College to study music, I decided I didn’t want to go to university.”

Em found a job at Fat Face in Ambleside and over three years worked her way up to manager. With that experience under her belt, she went into the family hospitality business. The Jumble Room has been in her family for 24 years and her parents also run nearby Randy Pike guest house. At the same time, she pursued her singing, performing initially with her dad and on her own, then recording a number of songs with other musicians.

Em said: “I went down to London for four days to a recording studio, but decided it wasn’t for me. I am happiest in my home, the Lakes, where I can look out onto a beautiful view and walk through the village and everybody knows my name – there’s value in that. I have also been fortunate to be able stay at home with my mum and dad.”

Em Hill