The Team

The location and views may be taken care of, but Holbeck Ghyll wouldn’t have countless awards for its food, nor be famed for its service and ambience, without a dedicated and loyal team.

General Manager Andrew McPherson heads up the team, along with David McLaughlin, the Head Chef.

Andrew and his wife, Jane, joined Holbeck in 2010 from Swinton Park, in North Yorkshire, and before that they managed the hotel and spa at the exclusive Skibo Castle in the Highlands. Although best known for his splendid taste in tweed, Andrew spends much of his free time in a life jacket and, on a clear day, he and Jane can often be seen from the terrace sailing on the lake below in their boat.

Applauded by food critic Matthew Fort for his “exemplary, intelligent and beautifully crafted” dishes, David has been at the helm of Holbeck’s restaurant since 2000. Although he has turned down many requests to appear on TV and in print, he’s widely regarded as one of the North’s top chefs and is undoubtedly one of the reasons our guests keep coming back. Unknown to most, he’s the man responsible for a number of the landscape photographs you’ll see on the walls of Holbeck Ghyll. He manages a team of 12 in the kitchens, along with Senior Sous Chef Julian Wright – a very talented Barrow-born lad who worked his way up from chef de partie – and pastry chef Lionel Lefoyer – a Frenchman who knows his way to any food-lover’s heart, produces the world famous Cherry Clafoutis and a sensational Lemon Plate and has been a part of Holbeck Ghyll for some 18 years.

Front of house, Tom Henderson (Scottish Tom) is the restaurant manager. The 29 year-old joined the team in 2010 from former Scottish Small Hotel of the Year Killiecrankie House, and, thanks to possibly the keenest eye for detail we’ve ever come across, was promoted to restaurant manager in November 2012.

Helping Tom, and sharing his love of wine is Philip Rowbottom, a former GM of Holbeck Ghyll who now spends two days a week ensuring everything in the restaurant is just so.

Stefan Lydka has been the sommelier at Holbeck for five years and before that was at The Porthole (now ‘Porto’) in Bowness, from where many of our local guests remember him well. Incredibly knowledgeable and well-travelled, Stefan has built up a wine list of nearly 350 wonderful and unusual examples and is the brains behind multiple wine awards. A keen cyclist, look out for his lycra-clad legs as you are driving around the Lakes.

Greg Simons heads up the wedding and events side of things and, as a newly-wed himself, is perfectly placed to do so. From intimate celebrations to lavish, exclusive-use affairs, he pulls everything together with the minimum of fuss and can calm even the most frayed of nerves.

Lovely front office manager Dave Wolstenholme is probably the first point of contact guests have at the hotel. He joined from the Samling in 2010 and despite seeming to be on hand 24-7, he squeezes in his favourite pass-time; island hopping in the Hebrides (the more ‘outer’ the better).

Managing a team of 10 maids, Elia Shreiber is our head housekeeper and resident perfectionist. Elia joined Holbeck Ghyll in 2008, having managed hotels in her native El Salvador with husband Peter who, as a talented French polisher, maintains a lot of the antiques in the hotel.

You can probably tell that everyone - from the chefs, management, housekeeping team, gardeners and washer-uppers - has a role to play in keeping the hotel running smoothly, and ensuring guests have the most fabulous stay. We know you appreciate them as much as we do.

Are you intereste in joing our dedicated team? Details of available positions can be found here