The Cottage in the Wood in the Lake District has appointed a new head chef, who is already proving his worth by helping the hotel retain its 3 AA Rosette status.
Cottage in the Wood, an eight bedroom boutique hotel near Keswick, has welcomed Rich Collingwood to head up the kitchen, who joins from his role as head chef at Hill Bark on the Wirral, Britain’s smallest five-star hotel.
He also boasts experience working with the likes of Chris Horridge, Michael Caines, Matt Butcher and Alan Murchison and new dishes on his menu include Herdwick Hogget, fish and shellfish landed at North-West Coast ports and dairy produce including Thornby Moor cheeses and Winter Tarn Butter.
Cottage in the Wood was awarded the Taste Cumbria award at the Cumbria Tourism Awards in 2016 and now owner Liam Berney is aiming to elevate the hotel’s food offering even further with the appointment of Berney.
Owner, Liam Berney said: “We’re over the moon to have Rich on board to retain Cottage in the Wood’s three AA rosettes with his creative and imaginative style. His cooking definitely reflects the ethos of The Cottage and you can see his inspiration from the larder of Cumbria and the rest of the North of England. We look forward to welcoming guests and diners to The Cottage to experience Rich’s seasonal menus.”