Sarah Holden has been promoted from restaurant manager to hotel director at the 30-bedroom Pig near Bath.
She replaces Tom Ross, who has been appointed operations director overseeing the Bath hotel and sister property, the Pig at Combe, near Honiton, Devon, which is currently being redeveloped from Combe House hotel. The Pig at Combe is due to open in summer 2016 with around 33 bedrooms.
A law graduate, Holden entered the hospitality industry in a part-time job at the Revolution vodka bar while studying at the University of Leicester. "Somehow I still got my degree but I had also got the bug for hospitality," she said.
After graduating, Holden moved to the Bell Inn at Horndon, Essex, where she was promoted to restaurant supervisor and was encouraged by the owner, John Vereker, who became her mentor.
Stints followed at the Star Inn in Harome, North Yorkshire, with Alan Murchison, and for Malmaison before she joined Jamie's Italian in Bath in 2008 as a department manager. After five years with Jamie Oliver, during which she was promoted to general manager in 2010 and won GM of the Year, Holden moved to the Pig near Bath as restaurant manager ahead of the opening of the hotel in early 2014.
Holden has been shortlisted in the Hotel Restaurant Manager of the Year award at the Hotel Cateys 2015. The winner will be announced on 27 November.
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