Unsung Hero of the Year – Niall Keating, Whatley Manor

Whatley Manor

Niall Keating, executive chef, Whatley Manor

During lockdown, Whatley Manor, while closed as a hotel, launched ‘Paradise Carriage’, an innovative food truck operation led by executive chef Niall Keating (two Michelin stars for The Dining Room at the hotel).

The graffiti covered truck – which Niall had acquired for occasional charity events around his hometown Stoke-on-Trent – was positioned in the parking area of Whatley Manor, and opened most days of the week for drive-by dishes (a creative menu from Niall, supported through the summer season by guest chefs, also not working in their own establishments, including Sat Bains and Tom Brown).

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The menu offering was eclectic, a bit more casual than The Dining Room – but it was a fun experience for all involved, including the customers, who became a mix of regulars to the hotel as well as a whole new, younger demographic.

As a result, Whatley Manor intends to use Paradise Carriage on appropriate occasions as a promotional asset for myriad events, both at the hotel, and elsewhere.

This was a major ‘pivot’ for the hotel, and had changed many peoples’ perceptions of the Cotswold manor house – it has added an ‘edge’ to their profile. Also note that charitable donations were made during the operation of Paradise Carriage.

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