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Michelin Star Chef Joins Rockliffe Hall

We are very excited to announce that one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs is joining Rockliffe Hall!

Richard Allen, who has held a Michelin star since 2011, will be taking over the running of The Orangery in January when he joins us as Executive Head Chef. In addition, Richard will also work with the teams in our other two restaurants, The Clubhouse and the Brasserie .

As well as his Michelin star, Richard has held three AA Rosettes for eight years and has two of the highest industry accolades to his name- the Cateys’ Head Chef of the Year 2012 and the Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year 2012. Richard is also one of the only chefs to have been named as one of Debrett’s People of Today.

Before joining us here at Rockliffe Hall, Richard was Executive Chef of the Michelin-starred Tassili restaurant at the 5* Grand Jersey Hotel and has worked with well-known names such as Martin Blunos, Cheong Liew and Michel Roux Junior.

Originally from Poole in Dorset, Richard has relocated to the North East with his wife and two sons. Speaking about joining Rockliffe Hall, Richard Allen said: “Rockliffe Hall and the North East have so much to offer and I have so many ideas that I am really looking forward to sharing. The team in place is so enthusiastic and, together, I am confident that The Orangery will become the region’s flagship restaurant offering a mix of informal yet informed dining.”

Eamonn added: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Rockliffe Hall as we have so many plans that will become clear throughout 2015. Both Richard and I are committed to making Rockliffe Hall the very best hotel, spa, restaurant and golf resort in the country. Richard is one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs and is passionate about working with the team at Rockliffe Hall to set The Orangery apart from any other restaurant in the North of England.”

To find out more about how you can enjoy Richard’s food in the Orangery at Rockliffe Hall, please call 01325 729999 or email