The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 23 November 2007

Frognal House in Ayrshire appoints
Hubert Laforge as general manager

Hubert Laforge, former manager of the award-winning Strathearn restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel, has been appointed general manager of Frognal House, the latest addition to the portfolio of Costley & Costley Hoteliers.

[Picture shows: Hubert Laforge.]

A member of the prestigious Academy of Culinary Arts, Hubert assumes overall responsibility for the development of Frognal, the magnificent 20th century mansion house close to Troon on the Ayrshire coast which recently opened its doors following a lavish £2 million restoration.

Of his appointment, Hubert Laforge said: “I’m delighted with this rare opportunity to work in such an intimate, exquisite operation where we will aim to deliver a Michelin-quality food and beverage operation.

“Whereas I was responsible for around 100 catering staff at Gleneagles, I will be overseeing some 12-15 staff at Frognal – so Frognal represents a radically different operation and it will be challenging – but I relish challenges. I’m very excited by Frognal, and looking forward to welcoming our many guests.”

A well-known figure in the Scottish catering sector over the last 30 years, prior to Gleneagles Hubert Laforge worked at Turnberry Hotel in various food and beverage capacities for some 25 years.

Having embarked on a career in the catering sector by attending catering college at Tours in the Loire Valley, France, he graduated to the renowned catering school Lycée Hôtelier Savoie Léman at Thonon-Les-Bains and has spent his career working in four and five star hotels ever since.

“One of my career highlights was overseeing the food and beverage operation at Gleneagles for the G8 summit a few years ago, during which it was a pleasure to meet with the then French President Jacques Chirac and other world leaders,” he said.

Surrounded by immaculate gardens and grounds amidst a glorious natural setting, dinner at Frognal comprises a six-course menu prepared by executive chef Andrew Costley, youngest son of proprietor and master chef Bill Costley, who at Lochgreen House has led his team to receive the prestigious AA 3-Rosettes Award for several years running.

Welcoming Hubert Laforge to Frognal, Bill Costley said: “Hubert brings unrivalled experience and exceptional managerial qualities to Frognal that will assist our aim to exceed the high expectations of our discerning guests. His appointment is a key aspect of our offering at Frognal and helps bring to fruition our stated objective to create an extra special location for an exclusive corporate event or private celebration.”

As with all Costley & Costley hotels and inns, Frognal House is located within minutes of some of the world’s premier championship golf courses at Royal Troon and Turnberry, as well as a first class yachting marina at Troon.

Other Costley & Costley establishments include: Lochgreen House; Darley House; Highgrove House; Brig o’Doon House; Alloway Inn; Cochrane Inn; Doonbrae House and Afton House. New properties scheduled to open next year include Costley’s Wine Bar and Gallery in Ayr and Souter Johnnie’s Inn and House of Burns in Kirkoswald.

Costley & Costley Hoteliers was established in 1987 when chef Bill Costley realised his ambition to buy a hotel of his own. Today, Costley & Costley Hoteliers has a turnover of £8.9 million and employs 500 staff, making it one of the largest employers in Ayrshire.

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