New head chef at Deer Park aims to make restaurant a must-visit foodie destination


Devon’s four-star Deer Park County House Hotel has announced the appointment of its new head chef Hadleigh Barrett.  

Classically trained in French cuisine, Barrett has a wealth of experience across a number of top hotels and joins Deer Park from his role of head chef at Combe House Hotel where he was for 14 years.

He also has stints at luxury five-star hotel Pennyhill Park and L’Ortolan on his CV.

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Mark Godfrey, managing director at the Deer Park Country House Hotel, says: “We’re thrilled to welcome Hadleigh to the Deer Park. We have been creating something here that’s truly outstanding and now we’ve just put the icing on the cake. Hadleigh is extremely highly regarded and, having now sampled lots of his cooking, it’s easy to see why.”

Commenting on his new role at the Deer Park Country House Hotel, Barrett says: “The team here is full of passion and enthusiasm.  I’m delighted to be working with them to get the Deer Park Country House Hotel on every must visit food destination list.”

Deer Park is home to a two-acre walled kitchen garden, which is looked after by estate manager Olly Forster, and grows a variety of vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Forster and Barrett now work closely together to design the menus and maximise the use of seasonal ingredients.

Deer Park also boasts a wood fire oven, designed and built by Dingley Dell, and where cooking courses are run on site.

As part of his new role, Barrett will oversee all the hotel’s F&B operations, from weddings, corporate and private events to running a tight ship in Deer Park’s 2 AA Rosette restaurant Loxton’s.

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