Claire Nicholls has been with Castle House for more than eleven years and at the helm as Head Chef for seven. A local girl, Claire has always been passionate about food, cooking from the age of six! She trained at Hereford Technical College and then at the acclaimed Birmingham College of Food. While living in Hong Kong for two years, Claire discovered a love for Asian food which has had a great influence on much of her cooking, but she is steeped in her roots, sourcing as much produce as she can from the Marches and from the farm of hotel owner, David Watkins.
During her reign as Head Chef at Castle House, the restaurant has twice been awarded 3 AA Rosettes. Claire is quietly proud to be one of the very few female head chefs in the UK to have achieved this.