William Guthrie – Buckland Manor


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William Guthrie started his career at the age of 17 at a hotel in mid Wales called Llangoed Hall, which at the time of his employment held 1 Michelin Star, 3 Rosettes and an AA Hotel of the Year award. Here he progressed up through the ranks and after 3 years he joined a hotel in Hereford called Castle House, with 4 rosettes and also was awarded AA Hotel of the Year. After a period of time there, he joined it’s sister restaurant called La Rive which also held 4 rosettes, and an AA Restaurant of the Year.

After successful times in Hereford, William set out on a new adventure, working for the rich and famous on private yachts all around the Greek Islands. He decided to return to the UK to join Mallory Court a member of Relais and Châteaux in Leamington Spa as Junior Sous Chef at the age of 22, under the supervision of Simon Haigh, Executive Head hef. In the 5 years that William was there, not only did he achieve the position of Head Chef of the restaurant,  but also helped the hotel gain a Michelin Star, 3 rosettes and UK recognition.

He left Mallory to pursue a new challenge, the design and opening of a ten bedroom restaurant with rooms in Wiltshire, at the age of 27. Within 18 months of opening, the restaurant was awarded  5 gold stars by the AA , and was also placed in the top 100 restaurants in the UK. Never been scared to face a new challenge, he moved back to the Cotswolds to become Chef Director at the Churchill Arms Paxford where he worked for 3 years to gain Michelin recognition, the only two rosette pub in the north Cotswolds and was also voted  the Top Food Pub in the Cotswolds.

Currently William is working at Buckland Manor Hotel & Restaurant, member of  Relais & Châteaux. In the 2 and a half years William has been working there he has aimed to both replicate and expand on his previous successes.