Younger generation takes over at iconic family owned hotel

From left to right: Jon Peilow, Marc Mac Closkey, Nicholas Chapman & Sarah Berry.

From left to right: Jon Peilow, Marc Mac Closkey, Nicholas Chapman & Sarah Berry.

A new leadership structure is now in place at the Castle Hotel in Taunton.

The Board announced a new line-up at the family owned restaurant, with a younger generation stepping into the driving seat.

Kit Chapman formally stepped down to pass the baton to his son, 38 year-old Nicholas.

And Sales & Marketing Director, Sarah Berry, 41, now has a seat on the Board.

Sarah joins Director and General Manager, Marc Mac Closkey, 44, and Finance Director Jon Peilow, 34.

The other family Board members are Kit’s wife, Louise, and Nick’s brother, 40 year-old Michelin-starred Berkshire chef, Dominic.

Nick Chapman comments: “I grew up with The Castle.

“It is one of Taunton and Somerset’s great institutions with over a thousand years of history to its name.

“My family are simply the present custodians. My grandfather, Peter Chapman, arrived here in 1950.

“He was succeeded by my father who put the hotel and the town on the international tourist map with a succession of Michelin-starred chefs and initiatives like our Music Weekends which have been running for almost 40 years”.

Kit Chapman comments: “Succession management can be tricky in a family business. With us it has been seamless.

“We are fortunate to have a wonderfully talented team running The Castle. Both Louise and I have complete confidence in this close-knit group of top professionals. “

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