Niall Keating leaves two Michelin-starred Whatley Manor

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Nial Keating has announced he is leaving Whatley Manor after five years to focus on his recent opening Lunar and future projects.

Sue Williams, General Manager of Whatley Manor, said: "After five years as Executive Chef, Niall Keating will be leaving Whatley Manor at the end of December 2021. During his time at the Wiltshire hotel, Niall led the team to regain The Dining Room’s 2 Michelin stars, 4 AA Rosettes and several other coveted industry accolades, building on its strong reputation as one of the best restaurants in the UK.

"His additional contributions to Whatley Manor - including Grey’s Brasserie and supporting the drive for sustainability across the business - have helped cement the hotel’s place amongst top luxury retreats in the country.

"Niall will now concentrate his time developing his new restaurant, Lunar in Staffordshire, as well as other business ventures. For the immediate future, Whatley Manor's Head Chef Ricki Weston will oversee the kitchen operation, including for The Dining Room, and Grey's Brasserie.”

The former Great Brtish Menu contestent posted on instagram:  "What we have achieved together during this time has surpassed my expectations and more than I dared to dream was possible. I'm so proud of all the team for their relentless hard work and dedication, and want to thank the staff at the hotel, our guests and my peers for their support over the years.

"I look forward to the next chapter @lunarwedgwood and future projects around the corner. Here's to what comes next... It’s Time."


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Editor 20th December 2021

Niall Keating leaves two Michelin-starred Whatley Manor