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 6 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.

Robert Platt

Trainee Assistant Manager

Rob is relatively new to the pub trade but his willingness to satisfy customers with his knowledge of real ales and good food is admirable! Before joining us here at The Combermere Arms, Rob worked within the events field covering various areas of hospitality from national show jumping to weddings, so he is no pushover when it comes to a busy shift! He also has a degree in accounting so has a penchant for number crunching and hitting targets! Rob is eager to learn his trade and our regulars are enjoying every opportunity to point him in the right direction with their, sometimes, "Words of Wisdom!"


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.

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 . . . .

Book online

Use the calendar to book a table. If the time you're after is not available, give us a call and we will try our best to fit you in. We keep some tables for phone bookings.


Upcoming event

Christmas Fayre Menu

Monday 27th November to Tuesday 26th December

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