The Bannatyne Hotel Darlington has appointed an experienced executive head chef, who formerly acted as De Vere’s head chef, to further enhance its menu offerings.
Marcus Hall joins from the Ushuaia Tower Hotel in Ibiza where he created a concept restaurant attached to Ibiza’s first 5 star hotel. He managed a group of 23 chefs and had direct involvement in the development of the menu.
Hall gained experience at a range of high quality establishments, including Aldwark Manor Golf Hotel and Spa near York, Priest House country house hotel and as head chef for De Vere hotels, based at Oulton Hall near Leeds.
Keen to put his own stamp on Maxine’s restaurant, Hall has developed new menus to build on its reputation. Both the Early Bird and A La Carte menus have been refreshed.
Bannatyne Hotel Darlington is a Grade II listed Georgian town house with a historic past coupled with contemporary style. Accommodation includes standard double/twin rooms, junior suites with separate living and sleeping, a four poster room, deluxe room and executive rooms.
Justin Musgrove, chief executive of the Bannatyne Group, commented: “Marcus’ appointment shows our determination to recruit the very best to people to ensure the quality of our hotels and restaurants remains consistently high.”
Meanwhile, Lucy Readshaw, general manager at Bannatyne Hotel Darlington, said: “We are excited to have attracted a chef of Marcus’ talents and experience and he is already making a fantastic impact on the whole team with his enthusiasm and creativity.
On his appointment, Marcus Hall said: “I am delighted to be joining an organisation like Bannatyne’s, which focuses on quality and innovation.
“I have introduced my own ideas to the menu and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I want to ensure that Maxine’s is the place to dine in the Darlington area and customers have an exceptional experience.”