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Senior team appointed at Black Bull, Moulton

With just weeks before it is due to reopen following refurbishment, The at Moulton – part of the group – has appointed two key members of staff.

has been revealed as the new general manager, and as head chef.

Ian, who previously worked for Shire Hotels and Thwaites Inns of Character, brings with him more than 18 years’ experience in both inns and management.

The Black Bull, which will reopen at the end of March, is also due to open 16 bedrooms later in the year.

Provenance Inns is also behind the refurbishment of the West Park Hotel in that is due to open in time for the Grand Départ cycling weekend in July.

Luke has worked for Provenance Inns since November 2011 when he opened The Punch Bowl Inn in Marton-cum-Grafton as head chef.

Prior to this he was head chef at the five star Rockliffe Hall Hotel in County Durham where he launched the Clubhouse restaurant and The Waterhouse Bistro.

Ian, who champions real ale and regional produce, said:

“The Black Bull has been restored to its former glory, and I’m looking forward to putting it back on the map as the place to go for fantastic local food and a great atmosphere.

“I’m a great believer in a hands on approach and leading by example and aim to deliver a traditional warm Yorkshire welcome and great service.”

Head chef Luke will head a team of 10 at The Black Bull, putting him in charge of the inn’s kitchen and menus.

Luke said:

“I’m really looking forward to working with the team at The Black Bull.

“In its heyday it was famous for its fine fish dishes and we are keen to restore that reputation, alongside our commitment to using local produce.”

The Black Bull at Moulton is currently recruiting. For all recruitment enquiries email Ian Pilcher at

Luke Taylor and Ian Pilcher

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