Gisborough Hall appoints two new key members of staff as recruitment drive continues


Gisborough Hall has appointed two key members of staff as the independently-owned property continues with its recruitment drive.

New head chef Karl Rochford has joined the four-star hotel, alongside Amy Baker, who has been recruited as Gisborough Hall’s new operations manager.

Rochford joins with more than 20 years’ experience, most recently from his role as head chef at Solberge Hall in Northallerton where he was part of the team to achieve two AA rosettes.

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He has previously worked as Gisborough Hall’s banqueting chef and then went on to be head chef at Hall Garth Hotel for seven years.

He will now be responsible for running Gisborough Hall’s two AA Rosette Chaloner’s Restaurant as well as the more informal G Bar and Bistro. He plans a number of changes, such as new Sunday lunch and afternoon tea menus and a new ‘Taste of Yorkshire’ sharing platter.

In addition, new operations manager Amy Baker has over 15 years’ experience working at a number of four- and five-star hotels around the country including the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey, Swinton Park in Masham near Ripon, the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath and the Feversham Arms in Helmsley.

She will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Gisborough Hall, including managing the bars and restaurants and the reception and housekeeping teams.

Baker said: “Gisborough Hall has a wonderful family atmosphere and has always been a place I have loved visiting. I have worked around the country and some well-known places but Gisborough really does stand out in the crowd. I am really excited about taking the team forward into a new era, with the opening of the new spa in the next year, as well as building on all of the recent successes too.”

Gisborough Hall is continuing to reinforce its team, a year on from becoming a fully independent, family-run hotel. The business is also currently recruiting catering assistants, room assistants and welcome hosts.

Gisborough Hall became a fully-independent and self-managed hotel in April 2017 and employs over 100 local people across the hotel, in its restaurants, bars and Revival Zone Spa. This number is set to increase further in the coming year with the creation of a new multi-million-pound spa which it’s hoped will be open by Christmas 2019.

Gisborough Hall dates back to 1857 and the grade II-listed country house was fully restored in 2002.

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