Niall Keating to part ways with Whatley Manor

18 December 2021 by
Niall Keating to part ways with Whatley Manor

Niall Keating is to leave Whatley Manor after five years as executive chef to pursue other business ventures, including the opening of his new restaurant Lunar in Staffordshire.

The chef joined Whatley Manor in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, as executive chef in 2016, since when he has achieved numerous accolades, including a Michelin star in 2018 followed by a second in the 2020 guide.

He has overseen the development of hotel's Dining Room and Grey's Brasserie restaurants, while also contributing to the businesses drive for sustainability, for which it was awarded the 2021 Catey Sustainable Business award.

In October it was announced that he would oversee Lunar, at the World of Wedgwood visitor attraction in Barlaston, near Stoke-on-Trent, in partnership with the Great British Experience Company while continuing his role at Whatley Manor. The 120-cover restaurant opened in November.

He will now part ways with Whatley Manor at the end of December, leaving the hotel's head chef Ricki Weston in charge of the kitchen.

Whatley Manor said in a statement: "After five years as executive chef, Niall Keating will be leaving Whatley Manor at the end of December 2021. During his time at the Wiltshire hotel, Niall led the team to regain The Dining Room's 2 Michelin stars, 4 AA Rosettes and several other coveted industry accolades, building on its strong reputation as one of the best restaurants in the UK.

"His additional contributions to Whatley Manor - including Grey's Brasserie and supporting the drive for sustainability across the business - have helped cement the hotel's place amongst top luxury retreats in the country.

"Niall will now concentrate his time developing his new restaurant, Lunar in Staffordshire, as well as other business ventures.

"For the immediate future, Whatley Manor's Head Chef Ricki Weston will oversee the kitchen operation, including for The Dining Room, and Grey's Brasserie."

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