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Food fans are in for a treat as a local lad returns to his Lancashire roots to take over at a well-loved restaurant.

Steve Hodson will head to The Barton Grange Hotel, Barton, after being appointed executive chef at the hotel’s Walled Garden restaurant.

After working at some of the country’s, and the world’s, most recognised hotels, beginning his career in South Africa, Steve has settled back in Lancashire and is keen on bring some local fayre to his diners.

He said: “I love living in Lancashire and I’m a big fan of using its amazing array of local suppliers.

“The Barton Grange is a fantastic place for me to really make my mark on the local culinary scene and I look forward to working with everyone involved in the kitchen to produce the most sought after menu in the area.”

Commenting on his appointment Daniel Rich, general manager of The Barton Grange Hotel, said: “Steve has a fantastic reputation within the hospitality industry and it’s a real coup for us to be able to recruit him to work here at The Barton Grange.

“It’s testament to the fantastic team we already have here that Steve agreed to join us and be part of the exciting future for the hotel.”

Steve has spent the past three years working for the Hilton Hotels group where he was head chef at a number of its celebrated hotels including London Waldorf Hilton, Manchester Deansgate Hilton, the 3 AA Rosette awarded Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh and the Double Tree by Hilton Tower of London.