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Chris spent almost three years with us on the roving circuit, working across most of our pubs. Pre-B&P, Chris worked in a variety of management roles in hotels. He found a happy home in Cheshire some seven years, ago and hasn’t looked back since. Outside work, he is busy honing his guitar playing skills (sorry neighbours) and introducing consistency to his erratic golf game. He resides in the Hall with his wife Faye, a children’s nurse, who also doesn’t like to talk about ghosts.
Essex boy Paul joined us from another renonwned local hostelry and hasn't looked back since. In a previous life, Paul was a singer, DJ and manager in the countries biggest rollerskating rink. If you don't believe us you can see him flaunt his skating skills on the Sky One ident, he's the one in the green t-shirt! Paul is our resident cellar dweller beer monkey and is responsible for all things drinky at Old Hall. He is easy-going, friendly and loves a chat at the bar over a pint of the black stuff or a nice malt whisky.
Bella is a B and P natural, a country girl at heart who loves nothing more than a stroll in the great outdoors whether it's with her friends, dogs or on horseback. She is a keen photographer and took many of the photos on our webpage. Bella has huge amounts of enthusiam and a loud voice, both of which reach almost unbearable levels after a glass of wine or two, meaning much of the time you are likely to hear her before you see her.
After graduating in marketing, Emma spent nine months travelling across the Far East, Australasia and Africa. After the adventures ended she took a marketing job with Audi, but hadn't got the travel bug out of her system so nipped off to France for a ski season managing a chalet. Realising she was a natural host, on return to the UK, she helped to open another local pub restaurant, before returning to the bright lights of Sandbach and Old Hall. Emma lives locally with partner Chris and is very partial to a cheese sandwich.
Eva graduated with a degree in Drama and English and found herself in pubs, where she's been ever since - a natural progression from her life as a student. Eva is a self-confessed foodie and loves nothing better than eating, washing down her favourite dishes with a drop of Shiraz or two. She is a keen cook and can boast coming third in the National Spam cook of the year competition. Eva is mother to celebrity baby Iris, who has her very own column in Chat magazine.
Not so long ago, Lee was the Sous chef at our sister pub, the Hand and Trumpet. He left the company for pastures new but soon saw the light and came back to us to head up the kitchens of Old Hall. Hailing from the potteries, Lee now lives in Sandbach with his wife and son. Lee has many strings to his bow and as well a being as top chef and all round great bloke, is another keen photographer.
Lee's cheffy career has taken him the length and breadth of the country, working for big hotels, celebrity chefs and most recently heading up the kitchens at another local food pub. When he's not enjoying the cut and thrust of the kitchen, Lee relaxes by playing pool and making the most of his time off with his partner and son.
Junior Sous Chef
Since first joining the crew at the Armoury in Shrewsbury as a part-timer in June 2004 Tom, (aka the Bear), has gone from strength to strength. He arrived at Old Hall via the Hand and Trumpet and has been a key part of the kitchen crew ever since. Bear is a family man and with partner Meg is proud parent to daughter Lydia. Watch out for paw prints in your food.
Chef de Partie
Louis, pronouced Loo-eee, as in Louis Armstrong, has an old head on a young set of shoulders. Quietly beavering away about his work, he is the kitchen dark horse and has a sense of humour dryer than the Sahara dessert. Louis balances his love of all things foodie with his other love of all things fuel injected.
Chef de Partie
Adrian has two loves in his life, food and motorbikes. He applied for a job as one of the Hairy Bikers, but was rejected on the basis that his motorbike was too slow and his beard wasn't hairy enough, so we snapped him up instead. He has a genuine passion for fresh food and is never happier than when immersed in the frenzy of a busy service. We predict a bright future on planet Adi.......
Matthew joined us when we opened as a casual kitchen porter. His interest in the pub was sparked by his grandfather, Malcolm, who was the chairman of SOHAG (Save the Old Hall action group). As well as being an all round great bloke and a promising chef, he also does a pretty good impression of Mr. Bean.
After a lengthy search for the right person, we came across Rob. He's had an intersting career in HR and most recently a good stint at a local garden centre. Rob is a perfectionist and if a job's worth doing it's worth doing right, but he also knows his way around a toolbox. This, combined with a good working knowledge of all things green, make him the perfect man for the job.
It's difficult to say who is more famous round these parts, Jill or Old Hall. She is a cheerful and happy soul who takes great pride in her work - floor buffing is a passion. Chris is on record saying he will never allow her to leave and has suggested turning the ladies powder room into a granny flat should the need arise many years from now.