Aysgarth Falls Hotel, Aysgarth, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3SR.
Happy New Year!
Well, it's been a while.... so a quick update.
The last few months at the Aysgarth Falls Hotel have been very busy, and we've met some really lovely people. Some of our staff team have gone, and others arrived, but at last we are feeling more settled, and things have been much calmer.
It's all been helped enormously by the arrival in September of our Head Chef Louie Miller, who we knew had a great background. What we didn't know was that he would head up the kitchen team in a very calm, and yet assertive manner, and be able to produce the most excellent food!. He really does lead by example in the kitchen, and his flexibility and innovation is quite inspiring! Along with Louie, and his Sous chef Tristan Prudden, our kitchen team consists of our other lovely young Chefs, Abi Chandler and Steven Lickley, ably assisted by Andy Gray.
Front of house, Belinda Holdsworth has recently joined us, she's a cheery soul and has joined Ian in the positions of Assistant Managers. They are helped by Sam Gray and rachael Chappelow, who many of you already know. Behind the scenes, Hannah Hinton, assisted by Rachael, still keeps things spick and span. She's amazing, and keeps our housekeeping standards on track.
We also have part time staff members, Vicky Potts and Becky Dinsdale, who keep us all entertained! Our 'boys' Rob Jauneika, Andrew Smithson and Harry Dinsdale have now gone back to uni ( hurry up Easter hols, we're missing them already).
Some people may know Emily Pickard, who has been with us from the start. Emily is awaiting the arrival of her first baby (James' too!), any day now - we're all quite excited. Update to follow...
Christmas and the New Year.
The Christmas period was lovely here, with Christmas Day being enjoyed by all, our whole team really excelled themselves, I think. On New Year's Eve we had a jazz trio play for us, and they were great! People are already booking up for next year!
Can you believe it! We've had our first award, from Late Rooms customers. SImply the Guest award for activity hotel, (walking area we presume). When you come, keep your eyes peeled for it behind the bar. We are as pleased as punch, so thanks if you were part of the reason for this!
All in all, we would like to thank customers and friends alike (in many cases, this divide is already quite blurry!), and say a huge thanks to our team here, who all work tirelessly to help us keep things as we all like it.
Onwards now to 2013, we hope we can carry on enjoying meeting new people and old faces, and help them/you enjoy Aysgarth and the surrounding area.
Bye for now
Heather and Steve (Swann)