Bruce Cole – Moorland Garden Hotel


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Award-winning South African chef, Bruce Cole, joins the team at the Moorland Garden Hotel as Head Chef, completing the top line up at the newly revamped hotel.

The appointment comes at the culmination of an extensive refurbishment process for the hotel, bought by Brian and Sonia Meaden in July 2011.Bruce will oversee a team of 6 in creating a traditional British menu with a modern twist at the elegant Wildflower Restaurant.

Originally hailing from South Africa, Bruce has most recently been making his mark at leading West Country establishments including The Polurian Hotel and Retallack Resort & Spa.  He has previously held the executive chef role at Cape Town’s five-star Cape Grace Hotel, which was listed during his time there as Small Luxury Hotel of the world by Conde Nast Traveller.  A former member and advisor to the South African National Culinary Squad, Cole has held a number of posts in some of the top hotel restaurants in South Africa and the UK.

Formally trained in South Africa under Walter Ulse in one of South Africa’s longest standing restaurants, Linger Longer,Bruce is passionate about sourcing local produce.

“I want the menu to be about taking the best local produce and adding a bit of flair and imagination to traditional recipes, we have access to some of the finest ingredients here in West Devon, exceptional fresh fish from Plymouth, and meat, poultry, game and vegetables from Dartmoor and the Tavy Valley”.