Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 09.22.44ONE of the hospitality industry’s most respected figures is to lead the team at a prestigious North East hotel.

In a career spanning 20 years, Brian van Oosten has worked at hotels throughout Britain, including London’s Dorchester and the Michelin-starred The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel and Spa, North Yorkshire.

Now, he has been appointed General Manager at Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa, Tees Valley, where he will oversee all areas of the operation, including the Spa, the Grand Marquee and The Walled Garden, which is set to open on 4 August.

Brian undertook hospitality training in his native Holland before joining the Stakis Group in the UK and subsequently moving to Switzerland to work as a sommelier at the renowned Una Storia at Sempach Stadt.

He then returned to the UK where he was appointed Chef de Rang at the world-famous Grill Room at the Dorchester, before extending his experience at four star hotels and two and three AA rosette restaurants across the country.

“Brian’s understanding and experience of all areas of the hospitality industry, is exceptional” said Wynyard Hall Managing Director Allison Antonopoulos.

“He has been trained to the very highest standards and has put that training into practice at some of the UK’s most highly regarded hotels and I am delighted to welcome him to Wynyard Hall.”

Wynyard Hall’s Walled Garden has been created by multi RHS award-winning landscape architect Alistair Baldwin and contains 3000 roses.

It forms the second stage of a £4m Gardens project within the 25-bedroom hotel’s grounds, which began with the installation of a Grand Marquee, able to host up to 700 guests for weddings and corporate functions.

“Wynyard Hall hotel is an exceptional venue and I couldn’t be joining it at a more exciting time,” said Brian, who is fluent in four languages.

“The Grand Marquee has been a considerable addition to our wedding and corporate offering and the Walled Garden looks set to become a major tourist attraction for the area.”