Pim Wolfs joins as General Manager and Gareth Stevenson as Head Chef of the luxury north Wales retreat opening late summerLaunching in August this year, Palé Hall, North Wales, is delighted to announce two new appointments prior to its opening. Appointed by owners Alan and Angela Harper, in collaboration with partner Michael Caines, Pale Hall appoints Pim Wolfs in the role of General Manager and Gareth Stevenson as Head Chef.
Joining from Macdonald Pittodrie House, Aberdeen, where he worked as General Manager, Pim has a wealth of experience in the luxury hospitality industry including six years at Le Manoir aux Quat ‘Saisons. Originally from the Netherlands, Pim is passionate about hotels and amongst his many achievements he is a qualified chef having trained for four years. Speaking about his new role Pim says: "I am more than exited to be handpicked by Alan, Angela and Michael to lead the team at Pale Hall. The opportunity to make our mark on an already fantastic food offering in Wales and add to the reasons for people to choose Wales as a destination is wonderful. At Pale Hall we are in a privileged position to provide our guests with a luxury experience provided in a sustainable way combined with the vision of Alan and Angela to provide the best of our local area.”
Appointed the position of Head Chef, Gareth Stevenson will bring a wealth of experience in both Michelin-starred and luxury hotel kitchens to Palé Hall. Helping to establish a strong understanding of the workings of a bustling hotel kitchen, Gareth began his career as a chef at Northop Country House Hotel, learning the fundamentals of the trade from a classically trained chef. From there, Gareth joined the team responsible for launching restaurant Michael Caines at contemporary hotel, Abode, working his way up to the position of senior chef de partie and building an excellent relationship with the two Michelin-starred chef that will prove vital to his new role. During his time at Abode, Gareth also had a stage at two Michelin-starred Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons working alongside esteemed Head Chef, Raymond Blanc. In 2011, Gareth took up the position of demi chef de partie at Gordon Ramsay's Maze, acquiring further experience of a Michelin-starred kitchen before returning to Abode and rising to the ranks to head chef. With extensive experience of menu design, leading a team, and the demands of a fine dining restaurant, Gareth is set to contribute to, and help deliver, Michael Caines' exceptional vision for Palé Hall.
Commenting on the exciting new appointments Alan and Angela said “We are over the moon about the Pim and Gareth joining the Palé Hall family and thrilled to see our team grow. They both bring great depth of knowledge and experience from their respective industries and we look forward to seeing how Palé Hall develops as a result of this. We know that guests will love the highly trained personal service that Pim and his team will provide as well as the innovative and delicious dishes, using the wealth of quality produce surrounding the hotel, that Gareth, together with Michael, will create. This is an extremely exciting time for our hotel.’
In the heart of the North Welsh countryside, Palé Hall is set to become one of the UK’s leading country house hotels with an emphasis on luxurious weekends away, delicious fine-dining and the stunning natural surroundings. Alan and Angela have personally overseen the refurbishment of the 18 guest bedroom hotel, choosing every last detail themselves creating a peaceful and luxurious experience accompanied by the finest wines and foods from Executive Chef Michael Caines and Head Chef Gareth Stevenson.
Palé Hall is one of Wales’s most important surviving homes with a fascinating history dating back to the late 19th century when Henry Robertson, a railway engineer, industrialist and contemporary of Brunel, bought the estate as a grand personal project at the end of his transformative career in building public works. Since construction, the manor house has played host to some of Britain’s most famous figures including Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill.