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Hotel Director

Thomas Agius Ferrante

Thomas arrived at Grove in 2019 from The Phoenicia in Malta, where he was Hotel Manager at the iconic 5-star historic hotel.  He began his career as a kitchen chef before moving into senior management roles, first at One Aldwych, and then at The Berkeley, where he spent 7 years as the Food & Beverage Operations Manager.

Since joining the Grove and taking on the role of General Manager, Thomas has successfully navigated the hotel through unprecedented times, managed various project renovations and directed the hotel to achieve its 5 star status.  Personally, he has become a member of the Master Innholders and was named in The Brit List 2021of Hoteliers.

Hotel manager

Karen Weisheit

Karen joined the Grove in 2017 as reception and reservations manager.  She was promoted to House Manager in 2018, followed by a promotion to Hotel Manager in 2022, and is a primary support to General Manager, Thomas Ferrante. Karen led the reception team to win the prestigious “Front of House Team of the Year” at the 2021 Hotel Cateys. Her love for hospitality began at a young age and her passion for the industry has led her to travel and work in renowned hotels across the country, including Relais and Châteaux’s Mallory Court Hotel, Gidleigh Park and Cliveden House. Throughout her career, Karen has undertaken further educational programs, and recently completed her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management.

Karen and her fiancé Ollie adore living in Pembrokeshire, and together completed the entire 186 mile walk of the Pembrokeshire National Coastal path.

Executive Head chef

Douglas Balish

Born in Scotland, Douglas began his career in Ayrshire before gaining his experience in some of the top restaurants in the UK, including Bohemia and Whatley Manor, as well as the world-renowned Quay restaurant in Sydney. He joined The Tudor Room in 2014 and was first awarded a Michelin Star in 2016, which he held until he left.

Dougie joined the Grove in May 2019. His style of cooking is all about intelligently showcasing ingredients and natural flavour. He works closely with our head gardener, Surya, to carefully plan planting timelines, ensuring that we have the best vegetable specification to fit his vision for each dish. A real passion to keep food miles low and showcase local produce is tangible throughout his menu at Grove.

Dougie now lives a rural lifestyle in Pembrokeshire with his growing family, you’ll often see him out and about foraging our spectacular coastline, with the clan in tow!

 

 

Head Sommelier

Alexios Stasinopoulos

Alexios joined the Grove of Narberth team in 2021, by way of Surrey, Lancashire and his native Greece. His almost encyclopaedic knowledge of all things wine has been built through working in senior sommelier roles, including time spent at Michelin restaurants Northcote, with the legendary chef Lisa Allen, and Sorrel restaurant, with Steve Drake.

He loves seeing how the Welsh and English wine offering has developed over the past few years and is proud to include a number of UK-based wines on his list. As a brandy connoisseur, he’s delighted that Grove lists the amazing 20-year-old Baron de Sigognac Bas-Armagnac.

In his previous life Alexios used to be a football referee in the Fourth Greek National Division.

Head Housekeeper

Kim George

Kim is an important member of our Grove management team in her role leading our housekeeping team. She’s passionate about creating incredible experiences for our guests and has a wealth of experience, with an eye for detail and desire for travel. Kim has worked all over the UK in 5AA star and Michelin starred establishments, more recently the Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa. She joined us as Head Housekeeper in 2021 after the third lockdown. It was one of the toughest times to join housekeeping and under Kim’s leadership, the team is going from strength to strength. Kim will soon be embarking on her ILM level 4.

Head Gardener

Surya Davies

Welshman Surya grew up in Asia, before returning to the UK to finish his education and complete his studies in Horticulture. He joined Grove in 2019, and has over 15 years’ experience working across the British Isles, including for the National Trust, a collaboration with the Singapore Botanical gardens, and redesigning over 100 private gardens.

At Grove, Surya has already made a huge impact to the grounds, with ongoing projects improving our meadows, borders, streams and woodland. Surya is a trained beekeeper and you’ll find him in the gardens, usually accompanied by his sidekick, Lilly, his dachshund pup.

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Director of Restaurants

Mourad Ben Tekfa

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Director of Marketing and Communications

Alix White

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Group People Manager

Oliver Crittenden

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