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Borrowdale Hotel

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Meet the Team at the Borrowdale Hotel

Maria Quigley

General Manager

Maria Quigley is the heart and soul behind the Borrowdale Hotel's welcoming atmosphere and exceptional guest experience. With a passion for hospitality and a wealth of experience, Maria brings a unique blend of warmth & professionalism to her role as General Manager.

Maria's journey with the Lake District Hotels group began in 2000 and since then she has advanced through the ranks at the Skiddaw Hotel, before being promoted to the General Manager of the Borrowdale Hotel in 2023. Over the years, she has honed her skills and leadership abilities, earning her reputation as a trusted and respected figure with locals and visitors alike.

As General Manager, Maria is committed to ensuring that every guest who walks through the doors of the Borrowdale Hotel feels welcomed and valued. Her hands-on approach and keen attention to detail ensure that every aspect of the guest experience, from accommodation to dining, exceeds expectations.

When she's not busy ensuring the Borrowdale Hotel runs smoothly, Maria can often be found exploring the stunning landscapes of the Lake District. Her deep-rooted connection with the community of Keswick makes her the perfect fit for our friendly hotel.

 

Tristan Prudden

Head Chef

From training under the expertise of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, to running his own kitchen; Tristan comes to the Borrowdale Hotel with a wealth of experience. Tristan's culinary journey began at the age of 13, igniting his passion for food and cooking in professional kitchens. In 2009, he earned a coveted Scholarship at Tante Marie Cookery Academy in Woking where he trained under Gordon Ramsay, excelling throughout and graduating in 2010 as 'Student of the Year' with a Cordon Bleu Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts—a testament to his dedication to the culinary craft.

Following his formal training, Tristan honed his skills in various professional kitchens across North Yorkshire, including renowned establishments such as The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey, and The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn. In June 2017, he transitioned to the role of Private Chef at Constable Burton Hall, where he specialised in game cookery, bringing field-to-table creations to private shoot parties.

Tristan, with a distinct flair for game cookery, has earned recognition in national competitions. In 2018, he was named 'Champion of Champions' in the Eat Game Awards and continued his success in 2019 as the 'Winner of Winners.' His culinary prowess extends to events where he has demonstrated his favourite dishes across the North of England, amassing a loyal following eager to experience his latest creations.

Passionate about showcasing the best of local produce, Tristan has returned to the dynamic environment of hotel hospitality, taking on the role of Head Chef at the Borrowdale Hotel. With a commitment to using only the finest local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients, he believes in letting the food speak for itself. Tristan takes pride in the rich offerings available across the North of England, from farm-reared meats and fresh fish to seasonal game, locally grown vegetables, and artisanal delights. He has cultivated strong relationships with independent suppliers, ensuring a steady supply of top-quality ingredients for his culinary endeavours.


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Emre Gunbas

Bar Supervisor

Meet Emre Gunbas, our dedicated Bar Supervisor who embodies friendly hospitality and personable service. With an impressive 16-year tenure within the company, Emre's dedication and passion for his craft shine through in every interaction. He began his career at our sister hotel, the Kings Arms Hotel before moving to the Borrowdale Hotel where he has been for the past 12 years.

As Bar Supervisor, Emre thrives in creating an atmosphere that embodies warmth and welcome. His genuine love for the Borrowdale Hotel and its customers is evident in the care and attention he pours into his role. From crafting the perfect cocktail to recommending a local walk, Emre's knowledge and enthusiasm enhances every guest experience.

But it's Emre's connection with the hotel's regular guests that truly sets him apart. With a knack for remembering faces and stories, he delights in welcoming familiar faces back to the bar time and time again. His genuine interest in getting to know guests on a personal level keeps patrons coming back for more.

Emre also extends the same warm welcome to furry friends, greeting dogs with as much enthusiasm as their owners. So, whether you're stopping by for a quick drink or settling in for an evening of relaxation, you can count on Emre to greet you with a smile and a friendly face.

 

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