Seaham Hall Welcomes New Restaurant Manager

One of the hospitality industry's most senior managers has returned to his North East roots after joining the team at a top, five star hotel.

Ben Hunt, originally from Yarm, who has more than 20 years' experience at some of the country's leading hotels, has been appointed Restaurants and Bars Manager at Seaham Hall Hotel and Spa, County Durham.

Ben, 38, joins Seaham Hall from five star Luton Hoo Hotel, Bedfordshire, having also previously held senior positions at Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire, four star Crathorne Hall in North Yorkshire and Ashdown Park Spa Hotel, East Sussex.

In his new position he will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the hotel's two AA rosettes Byron's Bar and Grill and the pan Asian Ozone restaurant within its award winning Serenity Spa.

“It's wonderful not only to be back in the North East but to be at Seaham Hall,” said the father of one; a keen golfer and Liverpool FC fan, “as I've been watching its development with interest and always aspired to work here.

“The standard of the food and beverage offering is exceptionally high and I am looking forward to working closely with executive chef Simon Bolsover to strengthen its reputation for superb – yet affordable – dining.”

Seaham Hall recently unveiled the results of the £100,000 refurbishment of its Ballroom, which is one of County Durham's foremost function venues.

This followed the development earlier this year of its Taittinger Sports Lounge and Byron's Bar & Grill and the redecoration is now underway of the hotel's 20 individually designed suites.

Ross Grieve, Seaham Hall Hotel's general manager, said: “Ben joins us at a very exciting time as the hotel has regained its five star status and is, once again, at the forefront of the region's leisure and hospitality industry.”

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