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Chef Chris Staines to leave Allium at Abbey Hotel

05 January 2017 by

Chris Staines, executive chef at the Abbey Hotel in Bath, is to leave the role later this month.

Staines' departure comes five years after he first joined the business, owned by Ian and Christa Taylor, in 2012.

He was also a director of the business and is now planning to take a few months off to go travelling before making his next career move. The hotel said it would reveal his replacement in due course.

In a statement, the business said: "Ian and Christa Taylor, owners of Abbey Hotel, wish Chris continued success as he embarks on a new stage in his career and look forward to the next chapter for the restaurant in 2017. Chris' successor will be announced in the New Year."

Staines joined the Abbey Hotel from Heckfield place in Hampshire, where he was executive chef and director of food and beverage. His appointment marked the first step in a £1.5m modernisation programme.

He was tasked with the revitalisation of the hotel's entire food offering, transforming the menu and the look and feel of what was then the Bath Tea Rooms.

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