Two former Gidleigh Park staff join Grove of Narberth


Allister Barsby has joined The Grove of Narberth as executive chef, leaving his position at Gidleigh Park after almost 8 years, while Emma Bowen has also left Gidleigh Park to work as the Grove of Narberth’s head of reception and reservations.

Barsby started at two Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park in 2008, where he worked under the guidance of executive chef Michael Caines. Prior to this he had a short stint as sous chef at Bath Priory.

Having been moulded by Caines, Barsby has the experience to transform the kitchen at Grove of Narberth.

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He will now work alongside the hotel’s head chef Peter Whaley, who was promoted from senior sous chef in May 2015. Whaley joined from the Fat Duck in Bray in February 2014.

Commenting on his new role, Barsby said: “Grove of Narberth has both the ambition and potential that will enable me to establish my style of cuisine and continue to push myself. I am really looking forward to working hard with Peter and the fabulous brigade at Grove to achieve something special for West Wales.”

Emma Bowen, the hotel’s new head of reception & reservations has also arrived from Gidleigh Park where she was a senior receptionist.

The Grove of Narberth owner Neil Kedward said, “We are hugely excited to have Allister and Emma on board. Together they have strengthened our management team immeasurably which will enable us to deliver new levels of service and quality for our visiting guests in 2016.”