THE Samling Hotel near Ambleside has announced the appointment of its new Executive Head Chef, Robby Jenks.

Mr Jenks joins the team from his role as Executive Head Chef at AA-listed five star hotel, The Vineyard in Berkshire.

Rebecca Galland will also be joining from The Vineyard as The Samling’s food and beverage manager.

During his time at The Vineyard, Mr Jenks won the Acorn Award in recognition of being a rising star in the industry whilst also developing its dining offering. Prior to this, he worked as head chef, alongside the current Samling general manager, Oliver Smith, at Amberley Castle, West Sussex for three years.

Miss Galland brings with her a wealth of knowledge having spent six years at The Vineyard, during which she was named as the Hotel Restaurant Manager of the Year at the Hotel Cateys in 2016.