Meet the Food & Beverage Team
Jordan Lewis, Head Chef
I was born in Welshpool and now live close to Rowton in a small village called Middletown. I started working at Rowton Castle when I was just 14 as a kitchen porter; I spent five years in the role. I was helping out in the kitchen and had been doing so for only a few weeks when offered a chefs position, as well as the opportunity to work towards NVQ qualifications. I became a trainee chef. In just under three years I have progressed from trainee to sous and have been since been promoted to Head Chef, working under the watchful eye of award-winning chef-owner Steve Parke.
I enjoy the time that I spend at Rowton Castle and look forward to seeing what the future holds for me.
Gareth Winebloom, Operations Manager
I was born in Birmingham, but grew up in Shropshire. My interests include distance running, snowboarding, bowling, and watching various forms of sport and motorsport.
I first went to Rowton Castle on work experience from secondary school at the age of 15 - I enjoyed it so much that I decided on a career in the hospitality industry.
After gaining a Higher National Diploma in Hospitality and Catering I went on and completed a Business Management degree with Staffordshire University.
Following a period working in one of Shrewsbury's finest restaurants, I returned to Rowton and joined the team as Assistant Manager, before being promoted to the position of Deputy Operations Manager, and most recently, Operations Manager.
I enjoy being part of the 'family' at Rowton, and get particular satisfaction from looking after couples and all of their friends and family; ensuring that their day runs perfectly.
Keith Blindell, Guest Relations Manager
I was originally born in Manchester and have worked in the Hotel industry for the last 25 years. In that time I have worked in a number of hotels and restaurants, which also included three years aboard HMV QE2 as a Grill Waiter. This position enabled me to gain invaluable experience and also to travel to some amazing destinations; I was fortunate to be on-board for three full World Cruises. A safari in Mombasa, docking by Sydney Harbour Bridge and I still maintain Aruba has one of the best beaches in the world.
It was whilst on-board I met Alison, now my wife and after leaving the ship in 1995 we both worked for Jack at the Bridgewater Hotel in Solihull.
In 1997 we both came to Rowton Castle and settled, just on the Welsh border where we live with our two children, Josh and Ella.
Whilst not at work I have an obsessive interest of all aspects of Motor Sport, particularly F1 and it is one of my ambitions to drive around the Spa circuit in Belgium.
Debbie Buck, Assistant Manager
I was born and raised in the Welsh Borders, not far from Rowton Castle. I live with my three children, Michael, Matthew & Georgia, and our retriever Belle. I enjoy spending as much time as possible tending to my garden, and also breeding and raising Frizzle Chickens
I started working at Rowton Castle as a member of the Food & Beverage team, but seized the opportunity with both hands when the position of Assistant Manager became available. I like the varied nature of my job, love meeting new people on a daily basis, and take real satisfaction from playing a key part in the success of a couple’s special day.
Lewis Williams, Assistant Manager
I have lived in Shrewsbury all of my life.
My secondary education was at the Corbett School in Baschurch where I achieved Deputy Head Boy status in my final year by teacher and pupil vote. I then went on to study for my A-Levels at Shrewsbury Sixth Form, during which time I started working at Rowton Castle as a part time waiter. Upon completion of my A-Levels, I continued to work at Rowton Castle on a full time basis and became interested in management roles and training; after 12 months I was promoted to an assistant managers level where I have the pleasure of acting as Master of Ceremonies for the biggest day of a couples life.
My interests include World War II where I have had the opportunity to travel to Austria, Bavaria and Germany from an historical point of view. With history as a passion, I am enthralled by the history of Rowton Castle and its uses prior to becoming a hotel.
I also enjoy discussing and debating anything of a political nature, and I do like a good conspiracy theory
Polly Jones, Assistant Manager
I was born in Shrewsbury but have been brought up in Wales, living in a small village called Middletown.
Whilst studying at Welshpool High School I began my career at Rowton Castle as a housekeeper, working alongside my mum. I worked within the housekeeping department for a number of years, that is, until an opportunity within food and beverage became available. I thoroughly enjoyed the nature of the job, and ended up waitressing until I took on my first full time job here, as a receptionist.
When the role of ‘Assistant Manager’ came up, I knew that I wanted the job and applied straight away. It was great to be told that I was successful, and I have since thrown myself into the role.
I love being part of the family at Rowton and thoroughly enjoy my time here.