Taking the helm of culinary across the resort, we're delighted to welcome Martin Horsley as our new Executive Head Chef. Martin will oversee Rockliffe Hall’s much-loved restaurants: the flagship Orangery Restaurant which serves showstopping dishes carefully crafted using the finest seasonal produce; The Clubhouse, best known for its tasty and wholesome British classics; alongside Nu Sana, a brand-new casual eatery located above the award-winning spa where guests can dine on the terrace overlooking the beautiful grounds. Additionally, Martin will lead the three restaurant’s talented brigade of senior chefs, giving valuable direction and mentorship as they craft their own innovative menus and progress in their careers.
Born in Wales and raised in the North East, Martin is making a welcome return to his early roots and joins us from Sofitel London St. James where he was Executive Sous Chef. With over 30 years’ restaurant experience, Martin's career started in Scotland at the prestigious Gleneagles in Perth and from there he honed his cooking knowledge and techniques at a number of five-star hotels in Europe. Before spending a year at the one Michelin Star, 21 Queens Street, in Newcastle, under the guidance of top British chef, Terry Leybourne Martin's personal cooking style is "modern and eclectic'' and his dishes combine classical training with contemporary methods.
Having moved to Australia where he worked in senior positions at hotels including the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, the Sheraton in Perth, Le Meridian and Stamford Plaza, Martin was also Executive Chef at Sofitel Mansion & Spa at Werribee Park. He also worked alongside Raymond Capaldi and Gary Mehigan at Melbourne restaurant, Fenix, where the venue was awarded 'one hat' by The Age Good Food Guide.
Managing Director of Rockliffe Hall, Jason Adams said: “We are delighted to welcome Martin Horsley to Rockliffe Hall. His culinary knowledge, skills, and decades of experience in the finest kitchens, hotels and restaurants will only further elevate our first-class gastronomic offering. Rockliffe Hall has a wonderful culinary fan base that I am confident will continue to grow under his leadership.”
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Read all about the brand new menu for our flagship restaurant, The Orangery by Paul Nicholson.
Our ethos is to use the very best seasonal produce, while championing sustainability and many of the dishes use ingredients grown in the walled kitchen gardens or foraged within the estate.
The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall is among the Michelin inspectors' favourite new restaurants for 2023.