A new head chef has been appointed to take the helm at Lumley Castle Hotel.
Christopher Delaney joins the popular conference, wedding and events venue with over 30 years experience, including stints at The Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland, Matfen Hall, Close House and Newcastle’s Jesmond Dene House Hotel.
He also spent seven years working under the legendary Albert Roux, at Slaley Hall.
His most recent position was with The Angel Group, Corbridge where he was group executive chef, responsible for catering and menu development across its restaurant and outdoor event catering operations.
In his new role, Delaney will be charged with devising and creating new menus, working with hotel’s team of chefs and front of house staff and taking the lead on wide variety of compliance, administrative and culinary duties.
Lumley Castle Hotel is home to the Black Knight restaurant.
Alongside his experience in the north, Delaney has also worked at The Royal Garden Hotel in London and The Heathrow Park Hotel.
More recently, he was responsible for the menus at the Le Petit Chateau wedding venue at Otterburn and was instrumental in the kitchen operations at Durham University.
“I’ve had the privilege of working at some superb venues here in the North East and further afield,” he said.
“And it’s always been at the back of my mind that I’d like to work at Lumley Castle. It’s just such an iconic venue and there are some magnificent food producers in County Durham so I’m really looking forward to getting started.”