Richard Allen, Michelin Star Chef, Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham

Richard Allen, who has held a Michelin star since 2011, has taken over the running of The Orangery in January 2015 when he joined Rockcliffe Hall as Executive Head Chef. In addition, Richard also works with the teams in the estate’s other two restaurants, The Clubhouse and the Spa Brasserie.

As well as his Michelin star, Richard has held three AA Rosettes for eight years and has two of the highest industry accolades to his name- the Cateys’ Head Chef of the Year 2012 and the Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year 2012. Richard is also one of the only chefs to have been named as one of Debrett’s People of Today.

Before joining Rockliffe Hall, Richard was Executive Chef of the Michelin-starred Tassili restaurant at the 5* Grand Jersey Hotel and has worked with well-known names such as Martin Blunos, Cheong Liew and Michel Roux Junior.

Originally from Poole in Dorset, Richard has relocated to the North East with his wife and two sons. Speaking about joining Rockliffe Hall, Richard Allen said: “Rockliffe Hall and the North East have so much to offer and I have so many ideas that I am really looking forward to sharing. The team in place is so enthusiastic and, together, I am confident that The Orangery will become the region’s flagship restaurant offering a mix of informal yet informed dining.”

Pre Dessert Banana Sate Pistachio, Cocoa, Vanilla Lobster ‘Caesar’ Shellfish and Foraged Herbs Goats Curd, Beetroot Textures, Spring Beauty Ginger, Rhubarb, Oatmeal Cheese Garnish Apple Pressing, Salt Caramel, la Mare Calvados, Macadamia