Flat Cap Hotels, Cheshire is delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Roberts as Head Chef at The Courthouse in Knutsford. Ian moves into his new role having previously held the position of Sous Chef at sister property, The Vicarage, Holmes Chapel.
Ian brings a wealth of experience having held positions at the 2 AA Rosette Oddfellows Hotel in Chester, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester and St David’s Park, North Wales.
Ian has also previously worked at Peckforton Castle in Tarporley, where he was part of the team to gain a 3 AA Rosette and Taste of Cheshire Award.
Ian’s first priority will be managing the kitchen team and overseeing all food at the recently opened Barristers Restaurant and Bar at The Courthouse. The kitchen focuses on locally sourced and seasonally inspired dishes.
Speaking of his new role, Ian commented, ‘I am delighted that Flat Cap Hotels have given me the opportunity to develop and grow. It is a privilege to work with such a committed team at both restaurants and we have some really exciting plans for the future’.
‘Barristers Restaurant and Bar has received some outstanding feedback so far and I am excited to be part of a team that can continue to deliver exceptional dishes.’
Oliver Heywood, co-founder of Flat Cap Hotels commented; ‘We are delighted to promote Ian to Head Chef at The Courthouse. Since joining The Vicarage he has continually impressed us with his skills and passion for cooking. Following the successful launch of The Courthouse this summer, Ian joins at a valuable time to ensure we can continually offer memorable dining experiences and fine cuisine for our guests.’
The Courthouse is the second property to open under the family run hotel group following an extensive renovation of the former derelict Crown Court in Knutsford. Barristers Restaurant and Bar was the first phase to open this summer with the Rooftop Gardens to launch in the coming months. The Court Room and Moneypenny Suite have both been converted into spacious event spaces. With a total capacity of 400, the Court Room is ideal for large events, exhibitions, weddings and conferences.