Meet Paul Bayliss MBE, the new boss at Carden Park Hotel

PUBLISHED: 00:00 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 19:57 08 October 2017

Hamish Ferguson and Paul Bayliss at Carden Park

Hamish Ferguson and Paul Bayliss at Carden Park


Luxury hotel will host the Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards on July 10th

Paul Bayliss MBE may be the new general manager at Carden Park, the luxury hotel that is the venue for the Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards this summer, but he is a familiar face to the staff and regulars there.

Paul’s introduction to luxury hotels was as Deputy GM to Hamish Ferguson who has now left to take up a fabulous position as Executive Director (Commercial) with the PGA. In 2007 he worked at Carden Park for a highly successful two years.

Prior to that Paul worked for AstraZeneca with the Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards judge Trevor Stone as his boss, joining them from the British Army where he rose through the ranks from apprentice chef.

Since then Paul has held prestigious management positions at The Midland Hotel and Macdonald Hotel in Manchester, a high profile role as Chair of Manchester’s Hoteliers and Venues Association that took him to Parliament to work on behalf of the Northern Powerhouse and the hospitality profession as a whole. He also won a scholarship through The Master Inn holders and attended what is considered to be the best general managers programme in the world at USA’s Cornell University.

He agrees that he has taken over the helm at Carden Park at an exciting time in its development following a £5m refurbishment of 196 rooms and facilities.

‘I have always kept an eye on Carden Park and when I was asked to take on the role I couldn’t refuse. I couldn’t take it on at a better time,’ he explains.

‘The ambition is there for us to be the best hotel in the UK. Part of this success is in the consistency we have here. People don’t leave and that is massively important.’

He also reveals that one of the highlights of 2017 will be the glamorous Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards presentation night which will be held on July 10th 2017.

‘It’s an opportunity to get the team to push hard and deliver great food. It’s about showcasing what we do well,’ he says.

‘I am lucky to have Graham (Tinsley, Carden’s Head Chef) and it’s a department I love as the kitchen is where I came from originally.’ w

Carden Park, Broxton Rd, Chester, CH3 9DQ, 01829 731000

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