Former Chester Grosvenor MD takes to the seas


After 30 years running top hotels, Jonathan Slater has decided to take on a new challenge in the form of sailing across the Atlantic Ocean.

The former MD of the Chester Grosvenor has hung up his official hotelier hat and traded it in for a sailor’s cap before he embarks on a 300-mile journey across the ocean, with just 4 other crew aboard Cheery-Bye, a 50-foot Beneteu.

He will begin his voyage on November 22 in Gran Canaria and after 21 days he hopes to land in St Lucia.

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In true hotelier spirit, Jonathan has opted to do the catering for the trip and has promised the food he serves to his fellow crew members will be a cut above the normal crossing fare.

In the lead up and throughout the trip, Jonathan, a committee member of the Master Innholders, will be raising money for the Worshipful Company of Innholders Charitable Foundation which part fund the Master Innholder Scholarships.

Jonathan said: “The charity I have chosen to support is a wonderful one and very important within the hospitality industry. They not only provide scholarships and bursaries to young people starting out in the industry but they also focus on providing relief to elderly people suffering from financial hardship, sickness and poor health.”

He added: “I’m incredibly excited about this challenge. I’ve always been passionate about sailing – in fact I was the schoolboy dinghy champion as a youngster – and I’ve always dreamt of making this crossing.”

Jonathan, on his return, will be able to see the progress on the second hotel for the
Oddfellows group, Oddfellows In The Park, based in Cheadle, Manchester.

He said: “We are already on site and cracking on with the build. It will be exciting to see the progress we make on the project while I am away.”

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Jonathan retired from The Chester Grosvenor in January 2015 after 31 years service but remains involved on a consultancy basis. Jonathan’s major achievements included taking the hotel to Five Red Star status and holding a Michelin star at restaurant ‘Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor’ for over 25 years.

Jonathan now runs his own management company that looks after the development and management of the Oddfellows brand.