Lumley Castle welcomes new head chef

Christopher Delaney has taken up a new position as the head chef at Lumley Castle Hotel.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Delaney has worked at some of the North East’s best-known hotels including The Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland, Matfen Hall, Close House and Newcastle’s Jesmond Dene House Hotel.

He also spent seven years working under chef and restaurateur Albert Roux, at Slaley Hall.

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Along with its highly acclaimed Black Knight Restaurant, Lumley Castle Hotel is one of the region’s leading conference, event and wedding venues.

In his new role, Delaney will be charged with devising and creating new menus, working with hotel’s team of chefs and front of house staff and taking the lead on wide variety of compliance, administrative and culinary duties.

The Consett-based chef’s career started with a prestigious accolade in 1988, when he was awarded with a silver medal in the Salon Culinaire competition.

After a stint at Newcastle’s Gosforth Park Hotel he headed south to venues such as The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, The Hotel Nelson, Norwich and The Heathrow Park Hotel, at West Drayton, before returning to the North East.

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