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New Directorship for Deanery Hotels Limited (Trading as: The Old Deanery Hotel & Restaurant)

New Directorship for Deanery Hotels Limited (Trading as: The Old Deanery Hotel & Restaurant)

We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new executive directors to Deanery Hotels Limited (as of 1st January 2017), taking over full control of The Old Deanery Hotel & Restaurant. They’re two familiar faces at the hotel: Chris Brown, General Manager and Lee Rushforth, Head Chef.

Chris (left) & Lee (right), delighted to announce their new positions in the company

       Chris (left) & Lee (right), delighted to announce                            their new positions in the company

IMG_1751e (2)Chris Brown, General Manager, joined the management team in February 2014 following many years helping the company on a part-time basis. After spending upwards of 5 years with The Old Deanery, this youthful Manager has very much grown up with the establishment and his passion for the business can be seen day in, day out. Bringing a lively and individual management style, he has successfully surrounded himself with hard-working and friendly local staff – displaying the very best of Yorkshire hospitality. Working alongside Linda Whitehouse, Owner, in his early years, he has learnt a wealth of knowledge of the industry and through his dedication to The Old Deanery, has become one of the youngest executives in the area at only 21-years-old.

‘We are coming into 2017 off the back of a very successful year here at The Old Deanery, and have plans to continue that growth, expanding and improving all aspects of our business. Working with the community is at the heart of what we do and we will continue to use local suppliers and engage with the local groups of Ripon, aiming to be a hub for tourists and residents alike. We very much look forward to seeing both old and new faces through our doors!’ Chris Brown

Lee Rushforth, Head Chef, has an abundance of experience within both management and the kitchen environment with his previous role being that of Executive Head Chef – opening and successfully running the kitchen in a multi-million pound restaurant and function rooms. He has also worked in some of the best the Yorkshire Dales has to offer, leading teams in multiple 4 star hotels and in 2 and 3 rosette restaurants. In 2014 he appeared on Masterchef: The Professionals, progressing to the quarter finals, working with and cooking for Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti. His career has seen him spend weeks of his own time working at Michelin starred restaurants learning from some of Britain’s best chefs, including time spent at L’Enclume; Simon Rogan’s 2 Michelin star restaurant in Cartmel.


‘The food a kitchen serves always has a way of defining peoples’ perception of a business, and here I have two styles of food we serve to ensure we appeal to everyone. Our highly acclaimed restaurant, Restaurant 1625, serves high-end dishes inspired from Britain’s culinary history. The emphasis of this unique dining experience is on simple bold flavours, with playfulness, making the dining experience that bit more enjoyable. Truly original concepts such as my Chicken Doughnut and Spruce (pine needle) Ice Tea have proven very popular and help to redefine the dining norm we have come to expect in modern restaurants. Day-to-day, we have our well received relaxed lunch and dinner menu; serving Deanery classics such as our own homemade burger with a pretzel bun, Whitby scampi with homemade mushy peas and Yorkshire style smorgasbord offering some of the finest of Yorkshire’s produce. We are passionate about our local suppliers and work closely with them to offer our customers the best our region has to offer – in this new direction we will continue to do so!’ Lee Rushforth


In a joint statement they would like to take this opportunity to welcome customers new and old to The Old Deanery, as they continue to offer innovative food while providing a stunning venue for weddings, events and private dining.