Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, AA Hotel Group of the Year 2013/14, has today (23 January 2014) announced the appointment of Harwood Warrington as Restaurant Operations Director.

Harwood joins Macdonald Hotels & Resorts with the exciting role of further developing the restaurant concept and food product across the entire UK collection with a specific focus on strengthening and redefining the group's Scottish Steak Club restaurant brand, enhancing the current restaurant proposition to maximise the guest experience and choice and sourcing relevant third party operators to work in partnership with the brand.  

Harwood brings with him over 27 years of industry experience, having worked with a host of restaurant and hospitality groups and hotels across the UK.

With over seven years working at director level, and demonstrable experience in leading nationwide operations, he was most recently Operations Director with The Lazy Cow Group for five years and has already, in his first few weeks, overseen the successful opening of a £1/2 million new Rocca restaurant at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh. 

Harwood commented: "Joining Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, at a time when the group is continuing to invest and grow its restaurant portfolio is a truly exciting prospect.

"I'm looking forward to working with a group that has such a strong ethos when it comes to food and drink. There's an unwavering commitment to offering quality, wholesome dishes that are sourced with great attention to provenance, seasonality and fine flavour; these are very much values I share.

"Going forward we will be working on the Scottish Steak Club brand, developing the customer experience through design, product and service, and in the long term looking to add to our strong portfolio of accolades including over 40 AA Rosettes.

"I look forward to sharing my experience with the team at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts and forging a strong relationship with all those involved in food and drink provision, from the chefs through to bar staff, to ensure we continue to flourish."

Commenting on Harwood's appointment, David Guile, Chief Executive Officer or Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, added: "I'm delighted that Harwood has joined our senior management team. He has an exceptional track record in the hospitality and brings great experience with him.

"Macdonald Hotels & Resorts prides itself on offering the highest quality of product and service, and our food and drink offering is key to this - I have no doubt Harwood will make a very positive contribution to the development of our restaurants across the group."