Onwards and upwards for new head chef at Bagden Hall

Scott Oldroyd, the new head chef at Bagden Hall, a Classic Lodges hotel, will aim to continue the work of his predecessor in attracting diners from outside of the hotel.

Oldroyd joined the West Yorkshire Victorian country house hotel seven years ago as a chef de partie and within a year had been promoted to sous chef.

Now he will replace outgoing head chef Steve Phillips, who is moving into an operational role as kitchen manager.

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Oldroyd has also worked for a variety of restaurants including CragRats Brasserie in Huddersfield and El Gato Negro Tapas in Rippendon.

Bagden Hall hosts 100 weddings a year and with a busy restaurant can mean they are catering for 160 people, on top of 40 or so afternoon teas, with a team of five which includes a 21-year-old apprentice and the breakfast chef.

Caroline Gleeson, general manager of Bagden Hall thinks Oldroyd is a tremendous asset, she said: “The feedback from guests and diners has been fantastic. Steve was a brilliant head chef and we are lucky to have retained his expertise as kitchen manager. I am sure Scott and his dedicated team are going to achieve great things.”

Bagden Hall is a 36-bedroom hotel set in 40 acres of grounds in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire.

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