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Introducing our Head Chef

Claire Nicholls has been with Castle House for many years. 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 Herefordshire and the Marches.

Her menus reflect the seasonal produce which abounds in this region and she works with some very committed producers, not least the hotel's family farm, Ballingham, and will create magical menus out of the boxes of fruit and veg which are delivered to the kitchen door.

During her reign as Head Chef at Castle House, the restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes, and Claire is quietly proud to be one of the most acclaimed female head chefs in the UK.