The Lord Crewe Arms, part of The Calcot Collection, has announced the appointment of Emma Broom as the hotel’s new Head Chef.
The hotel, which is located in the honey stone village of Blanchland, Northumberland, is home to The Bishop’s Dining Room, which uses local seasonal ingredients and The Crypt, a medieval vaulted pub.
Broom’s previous position saw her work as the senior sous chef at Terry Laybourne’s 21 Newcastle, where she spent two years.
She has also held roles as the head chef at several top hotels and restaurants around the country, including the Macdonald Hotel in Windsor, Idle Rocks in St Mawes, St Michael’s Hotel in Falmouth, alongside Luscombes Restaurant near Henley-on-Thames.
Her new employers claim she is passionate about being a produce-driven chef, celebrating and showcasing the best regional and seasonal foods, including ingredients grown in the beautiful grounds of the Lord Crewe Arms.
Since her appointment last month, Broom has already put her own stamp on the menus, changing up to three dishes per week according to seasonal variations and the abundance of fresh, local ingredients, whilst honouring the classic favourites with the locals.
She said: “I’m delighted to have joined the Lord Crewe Arms to lead such a strong team of chefs, producing dishes that embody the best of British flavours and produce. I’m already enjoying experimenting in the kitchen and plan to use as much produce that can be grown right on our doorstep in these wonderful grounds as possible.”
Emma also hopes to develop the hotel’s food events programme, including offering workshops in The Gatehouse, a private room equipped with open kitchen.