-Do you know your rubs from your rasul?-

 Thornton Hall's Spa TsarWirral’s four star Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa has launched a search for the ultimate spa tester. 

The hotel will appoint a ‘Spa Tsar’ to keep its award-winning spa team focused on delivering the best guest experience and finding the newest treatments.

Invited to test a series of treatments valued up to £350 each quarter, the new ‘Spa Tsar’ will provide detailed feedback about the experience including customer service, value for money and areas for improvement.  The lucky candidate will also be asked to create and share video reviews of all new treatments for use on social media.

 News of this new position comes as Thornton Hall hotel & Spa announces it will refurbish its spa facilities, which have won Best Beauty Spa in the UK for the last three years*, at the start of 2016. 

The hotel has already invested more than £700,000 refurbishing its 62 hotel bedrooms, fine-dining restaurant The Lawns, public spaces, kitchen, brasserie, reception and car park since the start of 2015.

Evette Westcott, spa manager at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa said:  “To keep achieving the highest standards, winning awards and making customers happy we have to look for new ways to innovate.

 “The refurbishment of the spa and health club is certainly a key part of that and will see more than £100,000 invested in refreshing our facilities and introducing new treatments, but we wanted to do more than that. 

“The new appointment will help us to really think about things from the customer’s point of view, reviewing and assessing our treatments and monitoring the competition too.  The lucky applicant will be a very welcome addition to our team.”

Geoff Dale, general manager of Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for a spa aficionado to put their experiences and ideas to good use and to work as part of our award-winning team.  We’re looking for someone that’s bright and friendly and who our customers and guests can really relate to.”



The ‘Spa Tsar’ will work across Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa’s full spa offering including The Lodge clinical spa, mud rasul, thermal zone, nail bar and hair salon. The chosen applicant will be aged 18 or over, have a love of spas, treatments and all things relaxation and can commit to spending one full day in the Spa every 12 weeks, for a total of one year, to work alongside Evette and her team.

Anyone interested in applying for the position should send their application as a video explaining why they’re suited to the job via Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa’s Facebook page or to

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Students from the L20 Hotel School at Hugh Baird College have been put through their paces thanks to Matt Worswick, executive chef of Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa in Wirral.


Twelve students from the L20 Hotel School were treated to a cooking master class with Matt and his team as part of the November Guest Chef evening. 


Students were treated to a question and answer session with Matt and a demonstration in the technique of cooking with liquid nitrogen.  The students were then set to work to prepare the evening menu, which included cured salmon with wasabi and pickled cucumber and pig cheeks and salt baked heritage carrots, both dishes on the menu at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa’s fine dining restaurant The Lawns.


Matt Worswick, executive chef at the four star Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa in Wirral said: “It’s a privilege to be able to help young chefs at the start of their careers and to give them real life insight into a career in food.  


“The students asked some great questions, particularly in relation to my experiences running a busy hotel food operation and appearing on Great British Menu, and they impressed me with their skills, work ethic and creativity in the kitchen.” 


Mark Amesbury added:  “At the L20 Hotel School, our students are exposed to truly unique opportunities to engage with high profile industry leaders, right through from the age of fourteen. Thanks to the support of chefs such as Matt Worswick, we are able to prepare students for their careers and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more big names throughout the coming year.”


The L20 Hotel School forms part of one of the UK’s first Hospitality and Visitor Economy Career Colleges for 14-19 year olds, in partnership with the Career College Trust.  The facility offers students both academic and practical preparation for the world of work within the Hospitality and Visitor Economy industries, both areas of huge employment growth in the Liverpool City Region. 


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it's a wrap 2Visitors to Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa can enjoy a hassle-free Christmas with the launch of a present wrapping service in aid of Clare House. 

Guests will be able to avoid wrestling with sticky tape, fighting with wrapping paper and getting into a tizzy tying bows by handing over the chore to the hotel team.

On the first two Sundays in December (6th and 13th) guests can have their gifts wrapped for just £2 each, with all the proceeds going to Clare House.  Those who really want to put their feet up can enjoy afternoon tea or Sunday lunch while the wrapping is underway.  

The hotel has long been a favourite place to stay for Christmas shoppers and this year guests can also take advantage of a 10% off voucher when they shop at Cheshire Oaks.

Geoff Dale, general manager of Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa said: “We’re giving the hotel residents a little something extra with the shopping discount at Cheshire Oaks, so we thought it only right to try and raise some money for charity too. 

“Lots of people hate wrapping presents, me included, so a present wrapping service is a great way to let weary shoppers take the weight off their feet, and some weight out of their wallets for a good cause too. “

 Photo: Ellie Thompson and Aaron West

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new look lawns restaurantThornton Hall Hotel & Spa has refurbished its three AA rosette fine dining restaurant The Lawns – following executive chef Matt’s debut on Great British Menu.

The £100k refurbishment of the 45-cover restaurant was completed last week and includes new wall coverings, lights and bespoke soft furnishings including hand-made chairs and curtains.  The Lawns’ original features, including a mother of pearl inlaid ceiling, decorative dark wooden panelling and a dramatic open fireplace, have been retained.

The refurbishment follows the restaurant’s inclusion in the coveted Michelin Guide 2016 (and for the hotel too) and is just in time for Matt’s appearance on Great British Menu, representing the North West for a place in the grand final (airs wk/c Monday 5th October)

Geoff Dale, general manager at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa said: “We’re absolutely committed to making sure we meet if not exceed our guests expectations and this is the latest in a long line of refurbishment projects to that end.  We’ve chosen a very boutique and bold feel with some unusual monkey wallpaper and orange accents that you perhaps wouldn’t expect.  The restaurant now truly reflects the quality and creativity of the food coming out of Matt’s kitchen.”

Executive Chef Matt Worswick, who recently won the North West heat of Great British Menu is excited about the changes: “We want to offer people a first rate fine dining experience – of course that’s about the food, but it also takes into the welcome as they arrive, the service and the environment.  We’ve been working hard to bring everything to the same level and the new restaurant now looks fabulous. “

The £100k restaurant refurbishment follows an investment of more than £1.5m earlier this year when the hotel remodelled its reception, brasserie and hotel bedrooms and kitchen.

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Main course Dessert

Fans of BBC 2’s Great British Menu (GBM) can taste chef Matt Worswick’s dishes for themselves, with the launch of the new Tasting Menu at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa.

Matt took part in this year’s Great British Menu, which was inspired by 100 years of the Women’s Institute (WI) and his heat aired this week.  He now goes on to the represent the North West in the final heat.

To celebrate Matt’s GBM debut and success, the new Great British Menu tasting menu will be available from 25th September to 31st October in Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa’s three AA rosette fine-dining restaurant, The Lawns.

The six course tasting menu will comprise all four of Matt’s competition dishes as well as two others, each one inspired by his research into the creativity, resourcefulness and culinary skill of the Women’s Institute.

Priced at £80 per person, or £125 per person with an accompanying wine flight, the menu include Game Old Bird – Partridge, blackberries, bread sauce; Grandma’s Garden – Butter poached lobster, baby turnips, peas, mint;   Shall I Be Mother –  Lamb loin, hotpot, stockpot vegetables;  Grandma’s Orchard – Apple crumble, cider brandy ice cream, spiced bread

Matt Worswick, executive chef at Thornton Hall hotel & Spa’s three AA rosette restaurant The Lawns and GBM contender said: “It was such a privilege to take part in Great British Menu and to get better acquainted with the work of the Women’s Institute.

“They are incredibly inspiring and I wanted to use all my research and ideas to create a special tasting menu in recognition of them and the programme. I really can’t wait for people to try it and hope it will be a little less nerve-wracking than going in front of the judges.”

Geoff Dale, general manager of Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa said: “There’s been a huge amount of support for Matt and such a lot of interest in his menu that we thought we’d create a special Great British Menu experience for our diners.  It’s for a limited time only though so fans of the programme will need to book quickly.”

To book the Great British Menu Tasting Menu at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa’s The Lawns please call 0151 336 3938.  The menu is available from 25th September to 31st October only.

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Matt Worswick, the executive chef at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa in Wirral has been crowned the North West champion in BBC 2’s Great British Menu.


Matt will now compete for a place cooking one of four courses at the Great British Menu banquet, which this year is in honour of 100 years of The Women’s Institute.


News that Matt will fly the flag for the North West follows a gruelling week long battle in the kitchen, which pitted his culinary skills against two other North West chefs – Mark Ellis from Peckforton Castle an Eve Townson from The Eagle and Child. 


Scoring a total of 29 points over his four course Great British Menu debut, some four points above his nearest rival Eve, Matt hopes to secure his place at the banquet, which takes place at the historical Drapers Hall in London.  Matt’s lobster dish was described as ‘faultless’ by judge Prue Leith and it scored a total 38 out of 40 marks.


Matt Worswick said: “That’s a week of my life I will not forget in a hurry, what an experience.  I’ve never felt pressure like it, particularly standing in the judge’s chamber, but I’m delighted that my dishes might make it to Women’s Institute banquet.  I’ve just got to hold my nerve, keep cooking well and make it through another round in front of the judges first!”


Matt’s competition menu comprises four courses, each one inspired by the creativity, resourcefulness and culinary skill of the Women’s Institute and, quite significantly, his late grandma. Matt said:  “When I learned the brief was about the Women’s Institute I felt a real connection with it.  My grandma was incredibly involved with the WI so it seemed a fitting way to remember her, particularly as I never got the chance to cook for her.”


Matt’s menu included: Game Old Bird – Partridge with bread sauce and blackberries; Grandma’s Garden – Butter poached Lobster, baby turnips, peas, mint and nasturtium flowers;  Shall I Be Mother – Lamb loin, hotpot and stock pot vegetables and Grandma’s Orchard – Apple crumble with spiced bread and cider brandy ice-cream. 


To celebrate Matt’s GBM debut and success, the new Great British Menu tasting menu will be available from 25th September to 31st October in Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa’s three AA rosette fine-dining restaurant, The Lawns.    Priced at £80 per person, or £120 per person with an accompanying wine flight.  The first diners to book will be offered the complete Great British Menu dining experience, complete with props from the programme, at no extra cost.


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-Hotel & Fine Dining Restaurant In the 2016 Guide –

Great British Menu MATT WORSWICK

Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa and its fine dining restaurant the Lawns have been included in this year’s Great Britain and Ireland Michelin Guide 2016.

Reference to the hotel and its restaurant makes Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa one of only a few properties in the UK to be named twice in the same guide.

The news is very welcome for the Thornton Hall team which has invested heavily in the 62-bedroom hotel in the last year, spending £580k on an ongoing programme of refurbishment works and with another £100k spend planned.

Work has included landscaping the front of the hotel, creating a new wood-panelled reception, continuing the phased refurbishment of hotel bedrooms to create a modern, boutique feel as well as extending the kitchen. Refurbishment of the restaurant is scheduled for later this month.

General manager of Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa, Geoff Dale said: “Both the hotel and the restaurant have been included in the guide for the last two years so this year’s achievement makes it a hat trick. It’s a real nod to the hard work and consistency of our team and we’re very pleased to appear in the guide.

Executive chef Matt Worswick joined Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa at the end of 2014. He said: “Every chef wants to be recognised for their work and happy diners in the restaurant is what makes me get out of bed every day. Inclusion in the guide shows that our hard work is paying off.”

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-One Week To Go Until Merseyside Chef’s BBC2 Debut-


 Ladies from Thornton Hough WI fly the flag for chef Matt Worswick

Shelagh Webster and Sybille Davenport from Thornton Hough Women’s Institute show their support for Matt on GBM.


With just one week to go before Merseyside chef Matt Worswick’s debut on BBC2’s Great British Menu, he talks about his grandma and how she inspired his dishes.

Matt said: “It’s a privilege to be invited to take part in Great British Menu to begin with, but when I learned the brief was about the Women’s Institute I felt a real connection with it.  My grandma was incredibly involved with the WI so it seemed a fitting way to remember her, particularly as I never got the chance to cook for her.”

This year’s Great British Menu began in July and regional heats have already included the South West, Wales and Scotland.  Matt will compete against Eve Townson and Mark Ellis in the North West heat, which airs on Monday 14th September.  The following weeks sees each of the regional finalists pitted against each other for a place cooking one of four courses at a banquet in honour of The Women’s Institute centenary year.

Matt used his Grandma’s old cookbooks and family recipes as inspiration for his four course banquet menu and incorporated her love for homegrown produce and hearty food into his dishes. 

Matt can’t reveal details of his menu before his heat airs but he hope he’s made his Grandma proud.  He said: “My grandma lived on the Isle of Mann and when I was a kid I spent a lot of time with her, out in the garden tending the fruit and vegetables.  I really hope my menu has done her proud as well as the Women’s Institute.

“This was one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve done and I’ve never felt pressure like it in the kitchen.  It was a tremendous experience and I’m looking forward to watching it back.”

Matt’s Great British Menu dishes will be available as part of a tasting menu at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa’s three AA rosette restaurant The Lawns during October.

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Taste Cheshire teams up with Great British Menu Chef – Matt Worswick

Great British Menu MATT WORSWICK

Taste Cheshire is proud to announce the appointment of Matt Worswick, the Executive Chef at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa and The Lawns Restaurant, as Chef Ambassador.

Chief Executive of Taste Cheshire, Stephen Wundke said. “We are delighted to be working with Matt. He impressed us tremendously with his demonstrations at The Chester Food and Drink festival and he will undoubtedly show everyone just how talented he is on the next series of Great British Menu, where he represents the North West. He is one of the up and coming cooking talents within the North and this couldn’t have worked out better.”

Taste Cheshire is the definitive guide to food and drink and brings together members of the Restaurant Association of Cheshire and the small food producers of the county through Made in Cheshire.  It was this amalgamation of the producers and independent food outlets that made Matt keen to represent Taste Cheshire.

He said: “Food is my passion and I’ve been privileged to work in some of the country’s best kitchens.  I’m thrilled to be back working across Wirral and Cheshire and have had an incredibly warm reception from food festival-goers, regulars at the hotel and local suppliers too.

My association with Taste Cheshire gives me the opportunity to really champion fantastic local produce and share my enthusiasm and love of cooking. We all have to eat so why not make that as pleasurable as possible by understanding flavours and seasonal produce. That’s the journey I want to take people on and with my work at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa and The Lawns Restaurant and my association with Taste Cheshire, I will be able to do just that. It’s incredibly exciting.”

Stephen added: “Our aim in appointing Matt is to provide our followers with regular recipes that they can cook at home and to show how, with just a little effort, you can integrate local produce in to your daily menu and create great flavours. That is Matt’s strength. He already works with a host of local suppliers to create outstanding flavours at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa’s The Lawns restaurant and all of his food packs a real taste punch.

“Our goal with Taste Cheshire has always been to put both locals and visitors in touch with a real Taste of Cheshire, be that through independent pubs, restaurants and cafes, producers at farmers markets, on line or within some of the great deli’s and farm shops throughout the county. Matt will add the finishing touches to our outstanding portfolio of real people creating great Cheshire tastes.”

If you have any questions about food and drink or would like Matt to know about your local Cheshire produce – get in touch by emailing  Matt Worswick’s biography and his recipes can be found by going to The Great British Menu starts in August and Matt Worswick features in the week beginning September 14th.

To eat Matt’s food simply go to

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Neil Sinnott new food and beverage manager Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa

A new food and beverage manager is the latest addition to Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa in Wirral as it builds its reputation for fine food in the North West.

Neil Sinnott (34) joins Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa from the Marriot Hotel in Liverpool City Centre although isn’t a completely new face to the four-star Wirral hotel, having previously worked for Thornton Hall for 10 years from 1996 to 2006.

Geoff Dale, general manager of Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa said: “We’ve brought Neil in to ensure that the quality of the food and beverage offering across the hotel is to a very high standard.  We’ve made no secret of our desire for more accolades following the appointment of executive chef Matt Worswick last year and Neil’s appointment strengthens our team in order to achieve that goal.

“He’s very experienced and incredibly passionate about what he does.  It’s a pleasure to have him back and we’re excited to push forward with his help.”

Neil Sinnott, food and beverage manager at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa said: “There’s a huge amount of energy and focus in the team following the hotel refurbishment and with the executive chef about to appear on Great British Menu, so it’s a wonderful time to re-join the team.  My initial focus is on ensuring we exceed the expectations of our conference and banqueting guests.”

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