We are temporarily closed – Although we will not be reopening the hotel, restaurant and bars on July 4th we will be reopening as soon as we can – We are working from home to respond to guest queries and help with enquires – The phones are not permanently manned so we recommend that you email reception@garstanghotelandgolf.com if you wish to contact us and we will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Meet the Management and Staff of BEST WESTERN Garstang Country Hotel

The Management Team


Ian Millington - Food and Beverage Manager                                                                       

 With 12 years experience in the hospitality trade including running his own establishment for 2 years, Ian joined us in 2008 as a bar team member. Ian was soon promoted to supervisor and in 2013 became the Food and Beverage Manager. Ian's team of bar and food service staff reflect his own personality with an eagerness to serve our guests with a smile.


 James Meredith - Duty Banqueting Manager                                                        

 With 35 years hospitality experience at some of the country most renowned hotels including The Savoy Hotel London - 4 years as Food service Manager, London Metropole - 10 years as Food Service Manager, 7 years at The Hilton Hotel Blackpool and 3 years as Conference and Banqueting Manager at The Imperial Hotel Blackpool. James brought his wealth of experience to us in 2002 and  continues to lead a strong team of staff serving weddings and banquets of up to 300 diners.


Julie Gardner - Reception Manager

Joined the Hotel in July 2002 after leaving university, started as part time bar staff whilst working as a supply teacher until offered the Bradbeer supervisors position, Julie then trained as a Duty Manager before gaining the post of Food and Beverage Manager. In 2008 Julie took on the reception and has helped build a solid team of staff who are knowledgable and friendly.


Michelle Proffitt - Weddings and Events Coordinator

Michelle started her career in Sports management taking her love of playing golf by assisting professional golfers.

She then moved into hotels and event management with the DeVere group working in a large team at Blackpool.


Her next role specialised as a wedding coordinator before joining Garstang as our wedding and events coordinator.

Alan Hayward - Head Chef

Alan has built up a vast knowledge in a variety of commercial kitchens in his 25 years as a chef from large corporate hotels to rosette restaurants and gastro pubs. 

After working as a much sought after agency chef for a number of years Alan has planted his roots here at Garstang and is relishing in the developement of menus from our golfers to weddings, and banquets to fine dining.

Tina Bennett -  Head Houskeeper

 Tina joined the team from a 4* hotel as a senior housekeeper and soon established herself at Garstang gaining promotion to supervisor before taking on the head housekeeper role. Tina has an eye for detail and is always looking to improve our guest experience with her team.


Chris Wood - Operations Manager

With 20 years managerial experience Chris joined Gartsang in 2007 from a background of managing Nightclubs, Cabaret bars, Theatres, Visitor attractions and Hotels. Originally from Scarborough Chris crossed the pennines in 1992 and after a period on Central Pier, Blackpool Chris gained a wealth of experience managing a  variety of teams in a wide range of hospitality attractions.