Devonshire Arms appoint new Head Chef

An award winning Yorkshire Dales restaurant have announced the appointment of a new head chef this summer.

Paul Leonard will take up the position at The Burlington Restaurant at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa in Bolton Abbey in July.

With an outstanding background, Paul has previously worked at the renowned, Michelin-starred Scottish hotel, Isle of Eriska, where he was Head Chef for two years and at Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles, one of Britain’s most elite hotel restaurants, with two Michelin stars and 4 AA rosettes.

Other notable posts in Paul’s career include Senior Sous Chef at The Samling, Michelin-starred, and Sous Chef at The Feversham Arms, Helmsley, which then held three AA rosettes. Early on in his career, he was Commis Chef at Pétrus, Knightsbridge, which held two Michelin stars.

Passionate about local produce, including fresh, home-grown fruit and vegetables and foraging, Paul said: “I’m looking forward to working at one of Yorkshire’s most iconic venues, and as a Yorkshire man myself, I am excited to be returning home.  Our aim is to make The Burlington one of the most talked-about restaurants in the UK.  My style of cooking is light, non-fussy and natural; freshness and quality are key, so I am blessed to have such a wonderful rural location for the sourcing of the required ingredients needed to deliver my approach.”

The Devonshire Hotel & Spa located at ‘The Gateway to The Dales’, in picturesque Bolton Abbey is established as one of the finest country house hotels in the North of England.  A coaching inn, since the early C17th, the Burlington is a 3 AA rosette restaurant along with a host of other accolades.

General Manager, Adam Dyke commented: “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Paul. He has an exceptional pedigree and we know he will certainly be taking full advantage of the kitchen gardens, beehives, and the wild and estate-farmed produce from the Duke’s estate. It’s a very good match all round, and we’re confident that he will take the cuisine at The Burlington to enjoy even greater accolades.”