New head chef atfoodie retreat

Date: Friday 23rd June 2017
Left to right are Chris Curry, Gareth Webster and George and Dragon owner Charles Lowther.
Left to right are Chris Curry, Gareth Webster and George and Dragon owner Charles Lowther.

THE George and Dragon, Clifton, one of Cumbria’s best-known foodie retreats, has unveiled its new head chef, Gareth Webster, whose previous experience includes The Pig and Whistle, Cartmel, and the Chester Grosvenor’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

Gareth’s appointment comes at a time when the George and Dragon’s sister property, Askham Hall, has further developed its kitchen garden and is now providing a significant supply of fresh produce straight from the land.

This is in addition to the rare breed pigs and shorthorn beef cattle that owner Charles Lowther rears for the chefs at both properties.

Gareth said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to join an already very successful team, and I am extremely honoured and excited to get started at the George and Dragon. I’m looking forward to playing my part in providing a great all-round dining experience and making the most of the abundant produce and resources from the Lowther family estate.”

Chris Curry, the pub’s general manager, added: “Gareth is a well-respected chef who is familiar with the seasonal demands of a Cumbrian restaurant and we’re sure that he will bring an enormous amount of knowledge and experience.”

Gareth hails originally from Horwich, near Bolton, and now lives in Kendal with his wife, Andrea, and their two daughters.