He joins the five-star, 2AA rosette inn with rooms from the Cottage in the Wood in Keswick. Prior to that he was Duty Manager at the Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel & Spa.
After studying accountancy at Plymouth University, he decided that the standard 9-5 job wasn’t for him and he started his career in hospitality at the St Mellion International Resort in Cornwall.
Gareth (pictured) said he was attracted to the Punch Bowl by its strong food reputation, which he intends to help the team further develop by introducing a new private dining experience complete with champagne, canapés and a special tasting menu from this autumn.
The pub, originally built in the 17th Century, was previously owned by Steven Doherty from 1995 to 2006, the first Englishman to be head chef of the then three-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche, Acorn Award winner and 1997 Cateys Pub Operator of the Year.
It is now owned by Richard Rose and the kitchen is overseen by head chef Arthur Bridgeman Quin.