Front of house

Lisa Hares


Lisa joined the company following several years of the high life with Virgin Airlines and we snapped her up when she decided life on terra firma was much more agreeable. She brings with her a drive to please everyone, an outstanding tolerance for all comers, calm under pressure during turbulent times, perfectly sculpted hair and a glowing tan. Nowadays her two young boys are her pride and joy but, despite the inevitable stresses that brings, you’ll still recognize Lisa by her beaming smile and great hair.

Alix Ball

Deputy Manager

Alix is a Combermere veteran, despite her young age, having been with us for some 4 years. Even through a stint jet setting with British Airways she still showed up when we needed her most. Now that she’s settled back on to level ground it was natural for us to snap her up and she’s a joy to have on board. Offsetting her glamorous high flyer style she is a self-confessed food lover with a penchant for loud rap music (Which is interesting to behold as she drives by on the streets of Burleydam, Jay-Z blaring and makeup shimmering). A happy hostess with a big grin and infectious laugh Alix is a true compliment to our team.

Chloe Lawless

Assistant Manager

Chloe is a Yorkshire lass through and through! Not only is she partial to a good pint but she loves nothing more than a glass(or bottle!) of wine and a good selection of cheese to follow. When Chloe was little she wanted to be a singer...her love of wine may encourage this while she fills out her 'X Factor' application form! Until then we get to keep her here at The Combermere Arms!


Tony Collins

Head Chef

Tony comes to the Combermere with a wealth of experience, including Harvey's in Bristol (Michelin Star), Crewe Hall, and two separate stints at Rookery Hall, which is some CV. The Combermere, of course, knocks all that lot into a cocked hat. He is friends with Dave from the Hand and Trumpet from their time together in the kitchens at Crewe Hall, so when he heard we were recruiting he threw his hat into the ring.

Jonathan Berry

Sous Chef

Johnny first walked through the doors of the Combermere in 2005 as a KP, but has since taken the plunge and donned his whites, with great success - he won the 2009 company food competition with Charlotte, and between them they've become quite protective of the shiny trophy (we caught him polishing it while we he thought noone was looking). Johnny enjoys cooking all varieties of food, but when cooking for himself he favours alphabetti spaghetti.

Craig Chesters

Sous Chef

Craig is a gentle giant of a man standing at 6ft 8inchs with size 16 feet! Craig loves cooking and organization which is highly apparent in his food: he is an inspiration to the young chefs, and a highly valued member of the kitchen team.

Rebecca Bebbington

Junior Chef de Partie

Passionate isn't really a big enough word for our Becks (aka. Chelsea). Starting life here as a KP, Becky soon took the bull by the horns, and woe betide those who didn't meet her exacting standards. Her undeniable dedication mean't it was only a matter of time before she started making her way up the ranks of the kitchen, and so far she's brought her high standards with her. She is the queen of the staff night out and I challenge anyone not to have a good time in her company. You'd be well advised not to mention the football though. You have been warned.

Sandra Dykes

Kitchen Porter

Sandra Dykes has been involved in the pub trade in one capacity or the other for years. Married to Gerald, who works on a local farm, they have two grown up children. Enthusiastic revellers, Sandra always loves a party, and is always the one up for anything even if her legs sometimes aren't. She has been with the pub since we started and is a great asset.


Elaine Shaw


Elaine is one of the pub characters, with a naturally sunny personality which comes from doing so much gardening. She is a bit of a badminton player as well as doing keep fit classes, so puts the rest of us couch potatoes to shame.

Patricia Bloor


Trish worked at the Combermere for ten years before we arrived on the scene, and finds it confusing navigating her way around the pub. She’s a local lass who cycles to work to keep fit.

Michael Boffey


Mike is a local lad through and through. Retired from farming he now spends his very early mornings pottering in our garden or tinkering with something we've broken. He and his wife Liz are what you'd class as 'Pillars of the Community' which means that half of the local community will lend a hand when there's a big job on. Sounds great, but we've noticed these visits tend to coincide with happy hour . . . .