New Head Chef at Chester Grosvenor restaurant

Gareth Jones is set to return to the Chester Grosvenor to become Head Chef at its La Brasserie.
 
Formerly the Sous Chef at the restaurant between 2002 and 2007, Jones moved on to become Head Chef at Bodysgallen Hall Hotel and Spa and Head Chef at Neighbourhood, before overseeing the launch of Mr Cooper’s House and Garden at the Midland in Manchester.
 
Running alongside the Michelin-starred Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, La Brasserie promises a more relaxed Parisian atmosphere for its diners.
 
Speaking about the move, Jones said: “Fifteen years ago I built a relationship with the Chester Grosvenor when in the position of Sous Chef, so to return to Head Chef really is a fantastic opportunity.
 
“La Brasserie presents a fantastic canvas on which to paint. It is a tremendously elegant space, with a history of culinary excellence and a wide-ranging, constantly evolving menu to get my teeth into.”
 
Currently on the menu are the likes of Wirral free range chicken, white wine vegetable cassoulet and summer dumpling, Lake District calf’s liver, local treacle cured bacon and grilled onions, and aubergine, smoked eggplants, barrel aged feta, sweet pepper and tahini.
 
The restaurant recently introduced a Josper oven which burns Tregothnan Kentish estate sustainable coppice wood and is said to be the hottest indoor barbeque in the area.
 
Elsewhere, The Miller of Mansfield was recently named the best restaurant in the country by readers of The Good Food Guide.
 
The Oxfordshire property is run by Mary and Nick Galer and was handed the Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Award for its excellent service and ambience. The team previously worked together at Heston Blumenthal’s The Crown and The Hinds Head in Bray.  
 
Also celebrating were the likes of Lunya in Liverpool, Lockwoods in Ripon, Boqueria in Brixton, and The King and Thai in Broseley, which were named the best restaurants in the North West, North East, London and the Midlands, respectively.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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