fox and barrel

Come & meet our team

Our aim is to offer an unbeatable combination of good food, fine wines, well-kept cask ales and great company. The standards of preparation and presentation are uniformly high in everything we do and represent. Only the best and freshest raw materials, much of them locally sourced, goes into our kitchen, and out comes a succession of superb dishes. For us, and our friendly team, this is our opportunity to welcome you.

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The team

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Gary Kidd

Seventeen years ago Gary opened up and ran The Grosvenor Arms at  Aldford, Chester.  The pub has been featured for the last 16 years in The Good Pub Guide, winning County Dining Pub of the year on four occasions, along with winning Cheshire Life Dining Pub of the year.  Previously to that he was running pubs in the South of England for 10 years.

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Richard ‘Dickie’ Cotterill

Dickie’s background is based in the kitchen.  He has worked at the One Star Michelin Box Tree Restaurant in Ilkely then went onto the One Star Michelin Chester Grosvenor Arkle restaurant with Simon Radley.  Following a stint in Australia, it was back to The Midland Crowne Plaza in Manchester where it was awarded 3 AA rosettes.  Finally, for eight years he was Head Chef at The Grosvenor Arms in Aldford, Chester.  Here the pub was awarded The Good Pub Guide’s County Dining Pub of the year in 2007 and 2008.

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Tony Steele

Tony is our Chairman and also is Chairman of Tritech Group Limited.  He brings a wealth of experience in business and finance.

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Stephen Condliffe

Stephen is our new General Manager. He joined us over the summer and has settled in well. Stephen has worked in the industry for many years across Shropshire, North Wales and even Sydney. He has picked up some invaluable experience along the way which he brings to the table at every opportunity he can. We have discovered he has a passion for travel and good food and will try anything once even eating a transula in Laos. Stephen likes visiting somewhere completely different every year and crossing off a few wonders of the world as he goes. He is a bubbly fun person to work with and you can always guarantee he will have a smile on his face and make you feel welcome. Oh yeah, I almost forgot He has a few unusual hobbies and likes to try something different. So far trying Deep Sea Diving, Bungee Jumping, whitewater rafting and Parachute jumping. What will he try next?

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Dominic Sobanski

Profile coming soon…

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Jack McGorry

Jack is now Assistant Manager, not only does he excel in running the pub in Stephen’s absence he is constantly making the staff chuckle, (normally at him, not with him) We found Jack through his brother, who used to be a chef of ours, work ethic must run in the family. Massive Liverpool supporter, given away by his accent, if you ever spot him in the pub, ask him to do a rendition of  “Uptown funk” what a voice!

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Charlotte Davies

Charlotte is our full time front of house team member and a proud mum to little Grace. A former hairdresser to boot, she is bubbly and chatty and always has a welcoming smile upon her face. Favourite drink is Bacardi, which often causes rows behind the bar with Gary. (This also is also one of his preferred poisons don’t you know)

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Joanne Harris

Well there are a lot of things to be said about Jo; firstly she has been with us for a long, long time. Jo used to be Gary’s deputy, back in the Brunning & Price days, so not only is she a valued member of the team, she is also chief trainer, as let’s face it this girl knows her stuff! Usually spotted with a cup of tea in one hand, and a great slab of cake in the other! She has a fetish for shabby chic furniture and usually is bidding for whatever she can on Facebook.

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Aaron Totty

Aaron joined us as Head Chef and has been with us for quite some time now. He has worked in various Michelin Starred Resturants including Hotel Tresanton. Since arriving he has had a very positive effect on the team and besides bringing years of experience he brings fresh ideas and inspires our less experienced team members. In his spare time not that he gets much, he enjoys a spot of sea fishing.

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Liam Reynolds

Liam has been cooking for seven years now and has been with us since we opened in 2008.  He has become a very talented and passionate chef.  Well, at least when he has not been out the night before.  At one time a long long time ago he had a motorbike which we believe he still has but unfortunately he says he can’t fix it, or does he get better beer consumption without it?  You may hear Liam ask “have you seen my eyes?”.  Whatever you do, don’t say “no show me” it might not be what you expect!!

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Roland Varga

Roland, otherwise known as ‘Rolo’, joined the team mid October. He lives locally in Chester and has worked in various establishments in the area. Born and raised in Hungary, he is still trying to convince us that goulash is the way forward. On Rolo’s days off he enjoys spending time with his family and building robots, his main ambition in life is to enter and win Robot Wars.

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Nathan Peet

Nathan joined us over a year ago as Chef de Partie; he came to us from Alpine Elements Morzene He has mastered the intricate detail needed for the job, and has now been promoted to Sous Chef and has admitted his favourite starter to plate up is our crab and avocado mousse. Nathan fancies himself as a Jeremy Corbin Lookalike, and is available to do personal appearances at request. Another one of his many hobbies is weight lifting in the gym.

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Our support team

In short these guys are the foundations of our business.  Some may say the unsung heroes because without them the garden wouldn’t look as beautiful, the beer pumps would not shine and the washing wouldn’t be done.

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Could This be you

Do you think you have what it takes to join our very talented team drop us a line on 01829 760529 or send us an email to info@foxandbarrel.com