THE George and Dragon, Clifton, is to welcome a general manager next month. Chris Curry, who is no stranger to the hospitality industry, is to take up the newly-created position at the beginning of March, in order to allow owner Charles Lowther to concentrate on plans to expand the company.
Mr. Curry, who lives in Penrith, has a wealth of experience in the hotel and catering industry, having successfully run Leeming House Hotel, Ullswater, for a number of years; the Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite; and, until recently, The Village Bakery, at Melmerby.
He joins an already successful team at the George and Dragon, which has established the pub and restaurant as one of Cumbria’s best places to eat, after it reopened following refurbishment in 2008.
Heading the kitchen team is Paul McKinnon, who trained under the watchful eye of Northumbrian Michelin-starred chef Terry Laybourne. Where possible the produce used comes from the nearby Lowther estate. Chris and Paul will both become involved with the expansion of the company in the future.
Mr. Curry said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at the George and Dragon. They have quickly gained an excellent reputation and I am looking forward to working with them and with Charles Lowther, in the hope of improving on that reputation and expanding the company in the future.”
Mr. Lowther said: “It’s a real coup to have Chris join the team. Paul and I are delighted and we are all looking forward to working with him. I am sure that this new appointment for Chris can only mean good things for the future for us all.”
LEFT: Pictured outside the George and Dragon (left to right) are head chef Paul McKinnon, new general manager Chris Curry and owner Charles Lowther.