Gisborough Hall has appointed two key members of staff as it continues with its recruitment drive.
Karl Rochford joins the 4* star hotel, bringing more than 20 years’ hospitality experience with him. As well as working at a number of popular restaurants around the North East and Yorkshire, most recently Karl was head chef at Solberge Hall in Northallerton and was part of the team to achieve two AA rosettes. Karl has previously worked as Gisborough Hall’s banqueting chef and then went on to be head chef at Hall Garth Hotel for seven years.
Karl will be responsible for running Gisborough Hall’s two AA Rosette Chaloner’s Restaurant as well as the more informal G Bar and Bistro. He plans a number of changes, such as new Sunday lunch and afternoon tea menus and a new ‘Taste of Yorkshire’ sharing platter.
Karl said: “Gisborough Hall has a great reputation for its food, illustrated by the 2 AA Rosettes. But one of my aims is to create awareness within the local area about what we offer. After all we are a local business, for local people as well as those visiting the area. I plan to add a range of new dishes and dining experiences in the coming months and build on what is already on offer, with the emphasis always on high quality, simple dishes using local produce.”
In addition, Amy Baker has been recruited as Gisborough Hall’s new operations manager. Amy has over 15 years’ experience working at a number of 4 and 5* hotels around the country including the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey near Skipton, Swinton Park in Masham near Ripon, the Royal Crescent in Bath, the Feversham Arms in Helmsley and the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle.
Amy will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Gisborough Hall, including managing the bars and restaurants and the reception and housekeeping teams.
Amy said: “Gisborough Hall has a wonderful family atmosphere and has always been a place I have loved visiting. I have worked around the country and some well-known places but Gisborough really does stand out in the crowd. I am really excited about taking the team forward into a new era, with the opening of the new spa in the next year, as well as building on all of the recent successes too.”
Gisborough Hall is continuing to reinforce its team, a year on from becoming a fully independent, family-run hotel. The business is also currently recruiting catering assistants, room assistants and welcome hosts.
Gisborough Hall became a fully-independent and self-managed hotel in April 2017 and employs over 100 local people across the hotel, in its restaurants, bars and Revival Zone Spa. This number is set to increase further in the coming year with the creation of a new multi-million-pound spa which it’s hoped will be open by Christmas 2019.
The most recent AA inspection rated Gisborough Hall as one of the top destinations in the North East and North Yorkshire. The hotel received its best inspection to date and was awarded the AA’s four ‘Silver Star’ rating for its overall quality and two AA Rosettes for its food. The silver stars mark Gisborough Hall out as being of superior quality and are one of the highest hotel accolades available in the UK.
The luxury, four-star hotel, on the outskirts of Guisborough, was named as one of TripAdvisor’s top-rated places to stay last summer, gaining another Certificate of Excellence for its exemplary standards and service.
In addition, Gisborough Hall is also one of TripAdvisor’s ‘Green Leader’ award holders in recognition of its commitment to environmentally-friendly practices.
Gisborough Hall dates back to 1857 and the grade II-listed country house was fully restored in 2002.