Weston Super Excited to Take on Whatley

Ricki Weston

Chef Ricki Weston has landed his first Executive Chef role by taking over from Niall Keating at Whatley Manor in Oxfordshire. The former head chef under Keating has been promoted and will now be in charge of the entire food offering at Whatley. Weston joined Whatley Manor in 2018 as sous chef and became head chef in 2020.

“We feel very lucky to be moving into Whatley’s next culinary chapter with Ricki Weston at the helm,” said Sue Williams, Wheatley’s General Manager.

“He brings to the role a fresh focus on the finest British ingredients and some interesting traditional cooking techniques, all of which perfectly complement our sustainability goals. I feel very excited to watch Ricki lead the team to deliver more exceptional eating experiences for our guests.”

“I feel honoured to have been given this opportunity to head up such a quality and committed team, and in such a fabulous kitchen, all in the beautiful setting of Whatley,” said Weston.

“The hotel has had a long history of being one of the best UK foodie destinations, so I have a lot to live up to, and I cannot wait to start developing my recipes and evolving a whole new dining offering.”

Ricki Weston previously worked under Matt Gillan at The Pass and Sat Bains at Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham. Whatley Manor will close on 27 January and reopen on 4 February with a brand new menu for the Dining Room.

Niall Keating left Whatley to concentrate on his own ventures including his debut restaurant, Lunar in Staffordshire.