The Ryebeck in Bowness in the Lake District has announced the appointment of new head chef Chris Lee, who has already reinvented the lunch offering at the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette restaurant and is showing a lot of promise.
Lee, who was formerly head chef at The Ryder Grill and Ryder Kitchen at The Belfry Hotel in Warwickshire, has completely reinstated the hotel’s lunch menu, which now boasts a series of sharing platters and locally-sourced dishes.
Lee started his career in Devon as a kitchen porter at the Devon Tors bar and restaurant, and has since worked his way up in some top kitchens across the UK, including Hartwell House, The Greyhound, and The Bell Inn in Gloucestershire.
The Ryebeck is part of Wildsmith Hotels, owned by Andrew Wildsmith, operating alongside Hipping Hall and Forest Side in the portfolio.
Lee said: “Reintroducing a lunch menu to The Ryebeck adds another dimension to the hotel’s dining experience. The food I aim to create is all about delighting the diner, bringing out the very best of the local produce. Introducing ‘Lunch at The Ryebeck’ has proved to be a refreshing challenge, allowing me to be creative and innovative, bringing a range of influences to bear on the plates I have created. I’m going to really enjoy developing both my food and The Ryebeck’s food reputation along the way.”