Simon Bolsover leads The Coniston Hotel to 2 AA Rosette eight months after joining


The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, near Skipton, has announced that its flagship restaurant, Macleod’s, has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes.

The news comes eight months after new executive chef Simon Bolsover was brought in to bolster the hotel’s F&B offering, with an investment rolled out in the kitchen with the sole aim to achieve AA Rosettes.

The 71-bedroom hotel near Skipton in North Yorkshire is owned and operated by the Bannister family, with director Nick Bannister saying that since Bolsover’s arrival the team has spent a ‘huge amount of effort and investment’ into developing the food offering.

He said: “Since the beginning of the year we have put a huge amount of effort and investment into developing our food offering; we brought on board executive head chef, Simon Bolsover, whose work has included the development of our menus and the mentoring of our 15 strong team of chefs. During this time our whole team have shown true passion and we are absolutely delighted that their dedication and hard work has resulted in securing this fantastic accolade.”

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“I want to take this opportunity to say a huge congratulations to our amazing team, who have led us to this milestone achievement for the hotel and put Macleod’s on the dining map.”  

Macleod’s was originally opened as a tearoom in 1992 and, due to the success, the Bannister family began to diversify and opened the hotel in 1998, followed by the relaunch of Macleod’s as a hotel restaurant.

Michael Bannister – now chairman – acquired the estate in 1969 and its first venture was to convert a barn into a farm shop. The Estate now employs over 200 staff.

The Coniston is set within 1,400 acres of Yorkshire Dales countryside and has 71 bedrooms, two restaurants – The Huntsman’s Lodge and Macleod’s – and a luxury spa, which opened in 2015.

Within the spa is the Nourish Brasserie.

In addition, there are two luxury holiday cottages within the Estate, The Thack and Lowlands. A third holiday cottage, Fogga, is currently in development.

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