Luxury country house hotel in Winchester, Lainston House, has appointed Phil Yeomans as executive chef.
The hotel, part of the newly-rebranded Exclusive Collection headed up by managing director Danny Pecorelli, welcomes Yeomans back to the property, having held the head chef position for seven years from 2005 to 2014.
Yeomans replaces Andrew Birch who left Lainston House earlier this year to join Ellenborough Park after two years in the role.
Yeomans also brings with him almost two decades of hospitality industry experience, having worked at respected establishments in the UK such as The Dorchester, Harvey Nichols, Soho House and overseas at The Fearrington Inn in North Carolina, USA, and as head chef of Coral Beach Club in Bermuda.
Speaking on his appointment, he says: “Winchester is my home and I’m delighted to return to my roots with my family, in a position that will be an exciting new challenge for me. Lainston House has an excellent reputation and I’m looking forward to building on this and helping the team to grow.”
Yeomans’ style of cooking is described as ‘modern British’, combining his classical training with the employment of modern techniques, resulting in the creation of ‘flavourful yet clean and delicate’ dishes.
He will look to engage with local suppliers and producers as he develops the menus over the coming months.