Colin Smith appointed head chef at Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall has named Colin Smith as its new head chef, and tasked him with creating a menu full of locally sourced ingredients.

Colin has 23 years of kitchen experience, beginning in the Houses of Parliament before moving on to London’s oldest French restaurant, L’escargot, which at the time held a Michelin Star.

He then moved to Lancashire, working at Shaw Hill Golf Club and Resort near Chorley, Preston North End Football Club where for eight years he worked as head chef, and more recently Warrington Wolves.

In his new role, Colin and his team will oversee the creation of homemade cakes, pastries, and desserts. He has also taken it upon himself to reintroduce the Sunday lunch.

He said: “It will be one of the finest Sunday lunches for miles."

Colin added: "What became immediately apparent to me is that there is a great team here who are really switched on and keen to take the food offering at Samlesbury hall to the next level.

There is a great team here who are really keen to take the food offering to the next level.

“Our aims are really clear. We want to become the premier venue for weddings and events in Lancashire, if not the North West, and for lunches and casual diners we strive to be the best in the county.

“There is a real focus from our end on using as much locally-sourced produce as possible in every dish, including eggs laid by our very own free-range hens. These are exciting times; we have a shared vision and plenty of energy to deliver it."

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