Award-winning foodie retreat appoints new head chef

By 6th November 2017Awards, George and Dragon, News

Hot on the heels of another national accolade, one of Cumbria’s best-known foodie retreats has unveiled its new Head Chef, Gareth Webster, whose previous experience includes The Pig and Whistle in Cartmel and the Chester Grosvenor’s Michelin starred restaurant.

The George and Dragon at Clifton – which has been named as The Good Pub Guide’s ‘Dining Pub Award’ for 2017 and last month scooped Sawday’s ‘Best All Rounder’ award for 2017/18 – will welcome Gareth Webster to the team from late June.

Gareth has worked at notable establishments throughout his career, including the Chester Grosvenor Hotel, where he progressed to become Sous Chef before moving to Cumbria twelve years ago.  He has also been Head Chef at several other Lake District properties, including The Pig and Whistle at Cartmel and The Wheatsheaf in Brigsteer.

Gareth’s appointment comes at a time when The George and Dragon’s sister property, Askham Hall, has further developed its kitchen garden and is now providing a significant supply of fresh produce straight from the land. This is in addition to the rare breed pigs and shorthorn beef cattle that owner Charles Lowther rears for the chefs at both properties.

Commenting on his appointment, Gareth says, “This is a wonderful opportunity to join an already very successful team, and I am extremely honoured and excited to get started at The George & Dragon. I’m looking forward to playing my part in providing a great all-round dining experience and making the most of the abundant produce and resources from the Lowther family estate.

General Manager of The George and Dragon, Chris Curry, says, “We are delighted to welcome Gareth as our new Head Chef and we are all looking forward to working with him. He is a well-respected chef who is familiar with the seasonal demands of a Cumbrian restaurant and we’re sure that he will bring an enormous amount of knowledge and experience.”

Gareth hales originally from Horwich near Bolton and now lives in Kendal with his wife Andrea and their two daughters Ellie and Megan.