Geoff Thompson is also involved in property development as a director of Stella Property Investments Originally from South Shields, he now lives in Corbridge with his wife Andrea.
Luxe people >>
Andrea and our children and our growing brood of grandchildren. Beyond them, colleagues at the football club and in our property business – and friends at Close House Golf Club.
Luxe places >>
For a weekend > I enjoy a trip to the Rennaissance Golf Club in East Lothian. Beautiful coastal views, it’s next to Muirfield.
A long holiday > Barbados for some winter sun – on the west coast in a hotel or villa.
A treat > A city break. We recently went to Paris and watched the Ryder Cup with a few other couples.
Luxe relax >>
Best food > I like Indian food and there are some good places to eat it in the North East,
Best wine > I am at the stage in life where I know what I like. I’m a working class North East lad and I’m not going to claim I know a great deal about wine but I like a white Burgundy such as a Montrachet or if it’s red, a Bordeaux claret.
Best restaurant > Café 21 in Newcastle and recently enjoyed Hawksmoor in Edinburgh.
Perfect weekend > Golf with Andrea and friends then of to Mariner’s Park to see South Shields FC win, then dinner with friends. Sunday is about a nice lunch – not cooked by me, with the family.
Downtime means > I am a bit of a car fanatic and am more than fortunate to have three classic cars – a 1961 DB4 Aston Martin, a 1965 DB6 Aston Martin and a 1962 Series 1 e-type Jaguar. I’d take one of them for a run out!
Best telly > Football, golf, news, current affairs and history. Don’t have a lot of concentration for box sets!
Best book > Biographies and history – and recently enjoyed The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle. I’ve just got into the Audible app and enjoy listening to books.
Best sounds > Eclectic music tastes I’d call them. Punk to classical. I love that you can now have access in seconds to tunes you’ve not heard for 30 years. My last gig was the Rolling Stones in Edinburgh. A bucket list tick there – fantastic!
Luxe shop >>
Best shopping city > Not a great fan of shopping and something of a creature of habit.
Favourite shop > Jules B.
Luxe retail treat > A good wine or something from Jules B.
Best buy > In terms of pleasure, a classic car. But the football club is a project for South Tyneside and a host of other things longer term.
Luxe party >>
A memorable night out > Would be with a small groups of friends. I’ve promised myself one day I’ll charter a flash yacht for a great party – not had time or budget yet!
Best dress > I am a jacket and jeans kind of person but I like the black tie thing for a big dinner. I’m lucky to still have good hair and teeth!
Dinner date > With Andrea in Paris at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the city. Or a dinner with all my sporting icons, not least Seve Ballesteros.
Luxe thing in life >>
I’ve got to the age where I am far more reflective of what is important in life. We choose material things, but they are actually not that important and I genuinely mean that.
I try and make sure I conduct myself properly and treat people as I would like to be treated. Honesty, integrity being kind and in good health all matter.