Meet the chef

Head chef of Amberley Castle, Conor Toomey begun his journey at Amberley Castle in March 2016.

South African born Conor took up his position following 10 years of experience working across the UK, including under Michael Wignall at the two Michelin starred Latymer at Pennyhill Park.

Commencing his career in Cape Town in 2002, Conor gained two years’ experience at the Aubergine Restaurant, before moving to Wicklow in Ireland to work at Rathsallagh House in 2004.  Moving in 2006 to the acclaimed Latymer Restaurant at Pennyhill Park, Conor worked as sous chef to Michael Wignall for four years, before taking up his first head chef position at Coworth Park in 2012.  Here he regained 3 rosettes in the year after they had been lost, before moving on most recently to head up the kitchen at Storrs Hall in Cumbria, where he gained 3 rosettes within a mere seven months of starting. 

Conor Toomey Head Chef Amberley Castle

Michael Wignall, executive head chef at sister hotel Gidleigh Park, whom Conor names as his biggest influence, comments;

“I’m delighted to welcome Conor to the Brownsword Hotels group and wish him every success at Amberley Castle.  His classically influenced style, which delivers a grounding which Conor takes forward with modern techniques, produces outstanding dishes and excellent flavours.  We look forward to tasting his new menu and seeing what he had his team create at Amberley Castle”. 

Conor’s menus at Amberley Castle include a seven course tasting menu, or an a la carte menu including five courses, each available daily for both lunch and dinner.  Full afternoon tea is also served daily.  

Click here to see Conor's current menus