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27 April 2015

Celebrating the appointment of our chef director, Dale Mcintosh

This week (Monday April 27), our head chef Dale McIntosh has become chef patron and partner in the business.

This week (Monday April 27), our head chef Dale McIntosh has become chef patron and partner in the business. 

The new role will see Dale spearheading the vision and direction of the Brasserie’s dining experience at the same time as maintaining the status of boasting one of Falmouth’s most sought-after menus. 

Dale, who has more than 16 years’ experience, now joins an exclusive club of ‘chef directors’ in Cornwall. As well as being at the helm of Merchants Manor’s kitchen for two years, Dale has worked hard to forge close relationships with local producers and suppliers to help bring his culinary vision to life. 

At the same time as establishing the Brasserie as a must-visit eatery in Cornwall for any self-confessed foodie, Dale has also been shortlisted for key industry awards along the way including South West Chef of the Year in 2014.  Dale’s appointment coincides with the start of a busy few months for the team here at the Manor as part an on-going programme of investment. Since early 2013 owners Nick and Sioned Rudlin have invested more than £1 million in carefully restoring Merchants Manor back to its former glory. 

As part of creating a new identity for the Manor the next phase of work is one of the most substantial and exciting to date. As well as just unveiling a fresh, new white façade, further work on the internal public areas will get underway shortly. 

Commenting on the new role and the year ahead at Merchants Manor, chef patron and partner, said: “After an exciting few years at Merchants Manor I’m delighted to now be a partner in the business and take on the role as chef patron. It’s certainly a perfect next step for me both in terms of my career and as the Manor’s investment journey continues.” 

Dale added: “I’m very fortunate to have a strong food and beverage team around me to ensure our offering is the best it can be. From an exciting programme of culinary events centered around the Brasserie, to a handpicked exciting collection of spirits on the bar, we’ve worked hard to create a dining experience that we hope our guests will relish.” 

Nick Rudlin, owner of Merchants Manor, said: “Our vision has always been to create a ‘restaurant with rooms’ and our commitment to this stance continues now that Dale has become a partner. From Philip Warren’s finest meat, to fresh produce from Canara Farms, given the quality of the local producers we source from, our Brasserie offers diners incredible value for money. 

“Sourcing and combining ingredients is a complete labour of love for Dale and his passion and enthusiasm for creating a total dining experience is evident across the whole business – we’ve even just planted a beautiful edible flowerbed in the grounds complete with evergreen herbs and fruit trees.” 

Nick concluded: “Dale has been a key part of our success since Sioned and I took over and he’s now perfectly placed to help take our long-term vision for the Manor to the next stage.” 

Our Brasserie on Western Terrace, Falmouth is open to non-staying guests. In a nod to our acclaimed food offering we recently launched Relish, a new Falmouth destination magazine which profiles local suppliers, must-visit eating and drinking venues in the town and information about the area’s exciting events programme. 

To celebrate Dale’s appointment, we’re offering all diners a complimentary bottle of wine or sparkling wine with any meal in the Brasserie throughout May when quoting ‘Magic May.’