Ian Swainson named Head Chef at The Pass, South Lodge

APRIL 2016

Michelin star chef, Ian Swainson, is announced today as the new Head Chef at The Pass, South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel near Horsham, West Sussex.

Ian joins The Pass from luxury country house hotel, the Samling, in Cumbria where he earned the restaurant 3 AA Rosettes and a Michelin star which he has held for the last three years.

Cooking Michelin-starred cuisine for over 15 years in hotels and restaurants including l’ortolan in Reading, Seaham Hall in County Durham, Le Becasse in Ludlow and Chewton Glen in Hampshire, Ian’s food has been described as modern fine dining that packs real flavour.

Ian commented: “I am delighted to be joining The Pass and the wider team within the Exclusive Hotels and Venues group that share my creative vision and support my ambition to deliver the very best – I am really looking forward to developing my food within such an established restaurant and cannot wait to get started.”

David Connell, General Manger at South Lodge commented, “We’re looking forward to welcoming Ian to The Pass, bringing his vision and creativity to our open-plan restaurant that puts diners right at the heart of the drama. Working within a few feet of our guests, Ian has a unique opportunity to showcase his culinary talent and engaging personality and offer diners a truly interactive and memorable dining experience.”

Danny Pecorelli, Managing Director of Exclusive Hotels and Venues added, “We are delighted to welcome Ian to the Exclusive team.  Ian is a fantastic fresh talent so we are confident he will build on the solid foundations and reputation of The Pass and create delicious and ambitious food our diners will love.”

The announcement follows confirmation that Matt Gillan will leave The Pass at the end of April following ten years at South Lodge. 


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Exclusive Hotels and Venues
Exclusive Hotels and Venues is a select group of stunning country house hotels, venues and golf clubs in beautiful destinations, each dedicated to providing the ultimate guest experience.  Offering a unique combination of individual personality and design but with a common flair for innovation and exceptional service, Exclusive Hotels and Venues provide an idyllic escape for business or pleasure. www.exclusive.co.uk@Exclusive_Hotel

Exclusive Hotels:
Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel, near Winchester, Hampshire
The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel & Golf Club, near Bath, Wiltshire
Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa, Bagshot, Surrey
South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel, Horsham, West Sussex


Exclusive Venues:
Royal Berkshire, an Exclusive Venue, Ascot, Berkshire
Fanhams Hall, an Exclusive Venue, Ware, Hertfordshire


Exclusive Golf:
Mannings Heath, an Exclusive Golf Club
The Manor House, an Exclusive Golf Club