Meet The Team
Laurence & Helen Beere
Helen and Laurence met in London in 1987, whilst training at the Savoy Group. Over the years they held many job titles and positions working in luxury hotels in London and Switzerland. In 1998 Laurence joined The Royal Crescent Hotel as General Manager, and it was at this point the couple fell in love with and decided to settle in Bath. It is not difficult to see why the heritage city stole their hearts!
Five years later they purchased the Queensberry Hotel and Olive Tree Restaurant. The hotel is renowned as one of the leading independent boutique establishments and highly regarded for its exceptional service and prime location, the restaurant for its Michelin star cuisine and relaxed fine dining atmosphere. Combined, they both showcase all that is exceptional about independent businesses. It is no surprise then, that Helen and Laurence are thrilled with all they have achieved and look excitedly towards the future.
Executive Head Chef
Chris Cleghorn has been Head Chef at the Olive Tree Restaurant since February 2013. His cooking has continually garnered incredible praise and recognition; he was awarded 3 AA rosettes in under 9 months and in October 2018 he was awarded his first Michelin star.
From his first professional kitchen at The Crown at Whitebrook to the Fat Duck in Bray, Chris has filled his career with experiences at the highest level. His mentor for many years, Michael Caines, was the driver behind Chris’ development whilst at Gidleigh Park, holder of 2 Michelin Stars. Chris worked with Michael as Senior Sous Chef before joining the Olive Tree Restaurant in as Head Chef.
After such success, now is not the time to rest on his laurels – his focus on his relationship with local suppliers and his commitment to seasonality in his menus is undeniable. What will the future hold? If the popularity of the Olive Tree’s SIX and NINE tasting menus is anything to go by, the future looks very exciting indeed.
This is not the first time that Joss has worked with Laurence & Helen. He originally spent two years leading the team in The Olive Tree Restaurant with Chris back in 2013. During that time he helped secure a number of awards for the restaurant including AA Wine List of the Year. He is a consummate professional and a passionate food and service ambassador.
He has returned to The Queensberry Hotel to lead the business as Hotel Manager. Having worked for Exclusive Hotels and Macdonald Hotels in various senior management roles he was the perfect man to bring back, to lead our small team of dedicated professionals, and deliver the experience that Helen and Laurence aspire to for every visitor to their hotel.
Joss’ French charm and elegance is the perfect welcome and point of hospitality for all who visit The Queensberry Hotel and Olive Tree Restaurant.
We have a new restaurant manager onboard and she is quite the business if we do say so ourselves. The wonderful Aisling Bury grew up in Bath before she felt the enigmatic pull of world travel. She travelled the globe for several years working for hotels in Paris, South Africa and Abu Dhabi, for top luxury brands such as Rosewood, EDITION and Hyatt as well as smaller independents. Serious about hospitality, Aisling studied at the prestigious Les Roches in Switzerland (one of the top three hotel schools in the world) to gain her Postgraduate Diploma. Aisling returned to Bath just before Covid struck and set up an online wine tasting business, entertaining and teaching wine enthusiasts around the world before joining us as assistant manager in May 2021. Now as the restaurant manager, she plans to invest heavily in the training and well-being of her team. Some quickfire fun facts about Aisling: – She graduated with a degree in Arabic studies before deciding to pursue hospitality – Her favourite wine is Guigal’s La Dorianne – Her favourite food is Beef Tartare. “It was the first thing I ever learnt to make!” – Aisling has already started a weekly wine club for the F&B team to develop their knowledge and already the impact is starting to show!