Michelin starred chef joins Stanwell House Lymington

Exciting times for Stanwell House Lymington as Matthew Tomkinson joins the team as head chef

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Lymington's culinary scene is poised for an exciting new chapter with the arrival of acclaimed chef Matthew Tomkinson at the helm of Stanwell House's renowned Samphire Restaurant.

Boasting over two decades of experience at some of the country's most esteemed kitchens, Chef Tomkinson brings an impressive pedigree to his new role. His illustrious career has seen him garner Michelin stars at two separate establishments, alongside multiple industry awards, including the coveted Roux Scholarship.

Having held his first Michelin star at The Goose in Oxfordshire, Chef Tomkinson's recent successes include the critically acclaimed relaunch of The Hambrough's restaurant on the Isle of Wight, where he demonstrated his adept leadership skills. Prior to that, he held the esteemed position of Chef Patron at Betony at The Kings Head, Whiteparish.

Hampshire holds a special place in Chef Tomkinson's heart, evident in his ten-year tenure as Executive Chef at the Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu. Winning the restaurant's coveted Michelin star, alongside three AA Rosettes, here he solidified his reputation as a master of refined cuisine.

At Stanwell House, Chef Tomkinson will now oversee all food and beverage operations. He will lead the talented kitchen team, leveraging his creative vision to craft menus that celebrate the finest local ingredients. Diners can anticipate fresh seafood from the coast, succulent cuts from New Forest farms, and an array of seasonal produce sourced directly from Hampshire's bountiful larder.

Lance Bartlett, General Manager of Stanwell House says of his appointment: "We are thrilled to welcome Chef Tomkinson to Stanwell House. His unwavering commitment to culinary excellence will further elevate our renowned Samphire Restaurant to even greater heights."

Matthew Tomkinson shares his own enthusiasm for this new chapter: "I am delighted to be on board at Stanwell House and eager to begin creating truly special dishes for its Samphire Restaurant. Hampshire's vibrant culinary landscape offers an abundance of inspiration, and I look forward to showcasing its incredible produce."

For those seeking an exceptional dining experience, Stanwell House under Chef Tomkinson's masterful direction promises to be an unparalleled destination. Beyond the culinary delights, the boutique hotel itself offers a charming ambiance and an ideal location within the heart of Lymington, providing easy access to the New Forest's picturesque wilderness and the South Coast's captivating charm.

To discover more about the Samphire Restaurant and Stanwell House, please visit their website at https://www.stanwellhouse.com/ or follow them on social media at @stanwellhouse.


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