The Team

Nigel and Julian - kitchen team at The Anchor

Bart Bisbal – Operations Manager

Bart is our energetic Operations Manager and has the arduous task of ensuring both sites, The Angel and The Anchor Inn, run smoothly on a day-to-day basis and that staff and customers leave happy. No two days are the same for Bart but he likes to be kept on his toes, he says it keeps him young!
Bart grew up in a fishing village in Palma and dreamt of a simple life on the boats fishing in the sunshine but after a few stints heading up kitchens here in the UK and managing a number of hotel chains he joined the team at The Angel, even though he thought the initial job offer was a joke.
He is very modest in his work and prides himself on the ability to pester others, but in reality he works like a trooper and is on call 24 hours a day.
When he does get some much deserved time off, Bart loves to spend it with his family and loves good food, especially when it’s accompanied by fine wine. If he can get away for a few days he loves whisking his wife down to The Sail Lofts in St Ives (another of our businesses) for some rest and relaxation.

Nigel RamsbottomHead Chef

Following our acquisition of The Swan Inn at Monks Eleigh, which was owned and successfully run by Nigel and his wife Carol.  We have lured Nigel away from early retirement and he’s  now leading the kitchen team at the Anchor Inn and will also work with our Head Chefs across the group as we further develop our portfolio of pubs.

Having established The Swan as an award-winning pub with two AA rosettes Nigel’s had an impressive career working with names such as John Tovey and Franco Taruschio and he’s even had one of his recipes included in Delia Smith’s ‘How to Cheat’ cook book.

Nigel’s love of cooking began when he was a boy and he’d spend many happy hours cooking with his Grandma in her kitchen. After leaving catering college he looked into joining the navy but fate stepped in and he received a call from John Tovey’s office offering him a place in the kitchen at The Miller Howe Country House Hotel.  He later went on to become head chef at The Walnut Tree one of the most famous restaurants of its day, situated near Abergavenny.

When it comes to food Nigel loves the changing seasons and always looks forward to the Suffolk asparagus, Cromer crab, English lobster and the succulent summer berries. Game is another of his favourites, as he loves the depth of flavour and the versatility of the produce.

Now that he has a bit more free time on his hands he’s looking forward to following Leeds United more closely (he’s a lifelong fan) and he’s also planning his first ever trip to Glastonbury to indulge in another of his passions – music.

Nigel’s reputation and passion has already galvanised the kitchen team at the Anchor and you can expect to see and taste fantastic food as he develops the menu.