Linthwaite House, which became the debut UK property in the Leeu Collection in April, has appointed a new head chef who begins his role immediately.
The 30-bed boutique in the Lake District has welcomed David Aspin to the position, who joins from the 3 AA Rosette Rocca Bar & Grill in St Andrews Fife, where he was executive chef.
He has had a career spanning more than two decades, with highlights including being awarded a Michelin star while he was head chef at Paul Heathcote’s Longridge Restaurant in Preston, working with Marco Pierre White at The Oak Room and Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, plus working at top restaurants such as Northcote, L’Escargot in Soho, London and the two Michelin starred L’Ortolan in Reading.
Linthwaite House’s general manager Andrew Nicholson said: “We are delighted to have David join us and look forward to him bringing a new dimension to our award-winning restaurant. David will be joined by his former sous chef Iain Thomas, with whom David has worked at the Rocca Bar for three years and prior to that the five-star Rocpool Reserve Hotel with Albert Roux”.
Aspin added: “I am very excited to be part of both an international brand and the team that is helping to deliver Leeu Collection’s vision for Linthwaite. I am passionate about local produce, including foraged foods, and cannot wait to start using Cumbrian delicacies that portray the best of the region and the season. I have my heart set on establishing a world class food and wine destination at Linthwaite – creating dishes that will be perfectly complemented by wines from the Mullineux & Leeu portfolio.”