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Our Chef at Macdonald Swan HotelAA 3 Stars

Macdonald Swan HotelKeswick Road, GrasmereCumbriaLA22 9RFTel 0844 879 9120International +44 1539 435742

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Head Chef Robert Ryan at Macdonald Swan Hotel in Grasmere has an unsurpassed reputation for good, hearty food made from the highest quality ingredients.

Rob has brought a mouth-watering taste of Cumbria back to the hotel menus.  His mouth-watering seasonal menus are designed using locally-sourced produce where possible including classic Cumberland sausage, Lakeland cheeses, Hawkshead trout and Morecambe Bay shrimps.

Originally from Liverpool and having worked in the industry for over 27 years, Rob was classically French trained, then moved to Cumbria to expand his knowledge under renowned local chef Mike Fowler at Neatherwood Hall.

After nine successful years Rob moved back to Liverpool to carry on learning in the high-end restaurants and hotels in the city - but when he was given the chance to move back to Cumbria and as Head Chef at Macdonald Swan Hotel he jumped at the chance.

His dedication and talent has paid off - awarded an AA Rosette in 2010, Rob has continued to produce great food year after year, reaching the final of Small Hotel of the Year in the Cumbrian Tourism in 2011.

Rob selects suppliers carefully to ensure that the finest possible produce is used at all times, including beef from Scotbeef - suppliers to M&S - and Yew Tree Dairy for milk.  He uses only free-range eggs, and the group has been given the Good Egg award in 2013 and presented with the trophy for Best Breakfast at the Menu Innovation and Design Awards (MIDAS).

Rob's proud ambition is to gain another rosette and to continue to produce good, honest, hearty food with no fussiness - it's a recipe guaranteed to delight his guests.

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