The Seren Collection has announced that executive head chef Allister Barsby is to leave his position at luxury boutique hotel, Grove of Narberth in the summer.
Departing the five-star hotel in Pembrokeshire this June, Barsby is to open his own restaurant in the coastal market town of Hythe, relocating to Kent for the new venture.
His partner Alice Bussi, who is food and beverage manager at Seren Collection, will also leave to help Barsby launch the new eatery.
Barsby joined the Grove of Narberth in Jan 2016, and during his time has raised the hotel’s Good Food Guide cooking score to six in the restaurant and retained 3 AA Rosettes.
Bussi successfully launched the Beach House Restaurant on the Gower in June 2016 before taking on the group food & beverage management role 12 months later.
Managing director of The Seren Collection, Neil Kedward said: “It has been a pleasure working with Alice and Allister. The couple have had a hugely positive impact on our business over the last three years. We are delighted with all that Allister has achieved with the food offering at the Grove and Alice has been dynamic force in our business launching both the Beach House Oxwich and Artisan Rooms casual dining restaurant at the Grove. We would like to thank them both for all their hard work and commitment whilst they have been with us in Pembrokeshire and sincerely wish them both all the best in their new restaurant venture.”
The Seren Collection has now started a search for an outstanding executive head chef to take over the reins at Grove of Narberth.
The hotel’s fine dining Fernery Restaurant, together with the rest of the hotel public areas, were refurbished in the spring of 2018 by the acclaimed designer Martin Hulbert.
Further investment in the kitchens is now planned to give the new chef the best possible start to life in Pembrokeshire.
Barsby’s replacement will also be given the chance to reinvent the Fernery and Artisan Rooms offering and be instrumental in the future direction of the hotel and restaurant.
Thomas Ferrante, general manager, said: “Grove and its guests deserve the very best food. The owners Zoe and Neil have created an exceptional venue together which is now perfectly placed to appeal to a chef that has achieved at the highest level in the hospitality sector. We are searching for the very best who can see Grove and Pembrokeshire as a place to settle in the longer term so that Grove and exceptional Welsh produce becomes truly synonymous with the quality of their food and skill level.”
Grove of Narberth opened in 2008 after an extensive renovation programme by owners Neil and Zoe Kedward. The hotel has won wide acclaim ever since.