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Independently-owned York hotel appoints new GM to drive up standards after renovation

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Galtres Lodge in York has appointed a new general manager as it looks to drive up standards following two years of refurbishments and improvements at the independently-owned hotel.

The 12-bedroom boutique hotel and Forest restaurant has welcomed David Macdonald to the role to oversee operations and plan for the future success of the business.

Macdonald was most recently managing the Talbot Hotel in Malton, where he opened a cookery school and wedding venue and co-founded the Malton Gin Festival.

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He has also worked alongside Rebecca and Chris Hill, owners of Galtres Lodge, for the past two years to develop its offering and said he was ‘delighted’ to be leading the team as the hotel reopens.

Macdonald said: “I’ve spent the past two years working alongside owners Rebecca and Chris to develop Galtres Lodge and Forest Restaurant, converting a busy and well-liked cafe into a destination restaurant, bar and hotel. Now, stepping into the role of GM, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to get even more stuck in and continue to have a real impact on the future success of the business. It’s an honour to be involved with such a promising venue.”

Rebecca Hill, the owner of Galtres Lodge, added: “David has played a crucial part in the process of re-imagining Galtres Lodge so far, especially with regards to the restaurant re-brand to Forest in July 2020.  The final part of the puzzle was to bring in an experienced general manager to see us through the final parts of the process, and we were delighted when David took on that role, given that he’d been so influential so far already.”

Macdonald also boasts experience at Malmaison and Hotel du Vin brands for more than 13 years, opening Hotel du Vin Newcastle in 2008 and first appointed to general manager of Hotel du Vin York in 2010.

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