A Michelin-starred chef has returned to a boutique country manor house hotel in Warwickshire.
He returns to the helm 20 years after garnering a Michelin star for the restaurant in 2001 which it held for a decade.
The 3 AA Rosette restaurant, the Dining Room, has a menu which focuses on innovative, contemporary dishes created from seasonal produce.
Simon said: “I am excited to be back at Mallory Court again. We cook with the seasons and change the menu every day. I like the seasonality of things – the produce not only tastes better but it is more sustainable and you have less food waste.”
Throughout the year much of the produce is sourced from the hotel’s own Kitchen Garden, tended by Estate’s manager Chris Holdsworth and gardener Giles Holdsworth. This is alongside the best locally sourced produce.
Simon has an eye for nurturing talent – fellow Great British Chef Alan Murchison worked under him as a 19-year-old. He also mentored 2016 Roux Scholarship winner Harry Guy, from Leamington Spa, whose first job was at Mallory Court after college. The 31-year-old has since worked with celebrated chef Joshua Skenes at Saison in San Francisco and is set to open his new restaurant, X by Harry Guy, in Chester next summer.
The Yorkshire-born chef continues this ethos, currently employing 17-year-old young apprentice Sam Bennett, from the nearby village of Bishop’s Tachbrook, in his kitchen.
Simon won his first Michelin star as head chef at Scotland’s Inverlochy Castle near Fort William in Inverness-shire, then joined Seaham Hall hotel in Northumberland, where he gained three AA rosettes. He has also worked at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.
Nick Hanson, General Manager of Mallory Court, said: “We are delighted Simon has returned. He is one of the most respected fine dining chefs in the UK and his food is a big draw.”
Set in 10 acres of grounds near Leamington Spa, the grand Lutyens style manor house hotel offers 42 bedrooms, a 3 AA Rosette restaurant, events suite, gardens and an Elan Spa with its own separate spa suites.
The Eden hotel group also includes The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Cheltenham, Brockencote Hall, Kidderminster and Bovey Castle, Devon – each with its own individual character, historic architecture, roaring fires and idyllic surroundings.