The new Oddfellows On The Park, due to open in Manchester in December, has announced the appointment of head chef Daniel Beech, who already has ambitious plans to make the hotel’s restaurant one of the best in the city.
The second property from Oddfellows Hotels will be situated at the historic Bruntwood Hall in Cheadle and will consist of 22 bedrooms and The Galloping Major restaurant, which will be headed up by Beech.
He joins from the Michelin kitchens of Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, where he worked his way up from the age of 16 being personally trained by Radley himself, to become his youngest ever sous chef at the age of 22.
Oddfellows On The Park’s Galloping Major restaurant has been named after a Victorian owner of Bruntwood Hall, who ran an equestrian stud in Bruntwood Park and was a notorious local character.
Much of the building’s interior plans have been influenced by Bruntwood Park’s equestrian history including the ‘Bridle Suite’ and the hotel’s bar, The Stud Room.
Jonathan Slater of Oddfellows Hotels said: “Daniel has always been the young chef to watch. He has an outstanding talent and we’re so pleased to have him on board.
“It was important to us to find a really talented chef at The Galloping Major – the food has to be in accordance to the amazing space we are in the process of restoring for the restaurant. It is set in what used to be the grand ballroom of the hall, with a host of original features and windows set on mature parkland.”
Beech said: “We’re pitching The Galloping Major to compete with some of the best restaurants in Manchester which is an awesome responsibility – but one I’m ready for. You can expect my food to be synonymous with its surroundings of over 100 acres of parkland.
“It will feel natural, with ingredients that speak for themselves – cleverly sourced with good provenance. I’m a great believer in simplicity, and will use five components for a dish rather than seven if I can.”
The Galloping Major will open alongside Oddfellows On The Park on December 1st 2016 and bookings will open online on October 1.