A new chef has been appointed to oversee all the F&B operations at the newly-refurbished Hallgarth Manor Hotel in Durham.
Thomas Knott has joined the hotel as consulting and executive chef following a £2m renovation programme rolled out by the property’s new owners Shepherd Cox.
His previous appointments include executive head chef at Beamish Hall Hotel, head chef at The George hotel Chollerford, head chef at Langley Castle Hotel, chef at Millennium Copthorne Hotels and chef at the Hilton Hotel group.
He steps into the role at Hallgarth Manor Hotel after an extensive modernisation of the kitchen and dining facilities as well as the addition of a new bridal suite converted from a former meeting room; a new mirror ball function room and a new orangery.
He now plans to strengthen the food offering and achieve an AA Rosette for the hotel.
The £2m renovation work followed the purchase of the hotel by Shepherd Cox, who have a small number of high quality hotels across the North of England.
“I am looking to develop company group chefs to work in all Shepherd Cox hotels on a supply and demand basis,” explains Knott, “helping to maintain high standards and share the latest ideas across the group as well as run the hotel restaurant.”
He went on: “This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and the team we are looking forward to the next challenges as we push forward to achieve an AA rosette.
“The refurbishment and re-launch has already resulted in a significant uptake in business and we have had to employ more staff of all specialisms to cope with demand.”