May 2020 – Finals week Great British Menu 

The format for the 2020 series of Great British Menu has followed 32 chefs competing over 8 weeks, each UK  region had one winner chosen to cook again as one of the final 8 chefs for a chance to have their dish in the banquet menu. Included in the 8 remaining chef’s is our very own Niall Keating whose cooking has impressed the judges at each step of the competition. So much so that Niall’s fish course ” The witches of the northern lights” will be featured in the final banquet! 

Experience Niall Keating’s Great British Menu dishes from this years series. 

Available as a lunch menu to enjoy in The Dining Room, the menu includes each course created by Niall and inspired by his favourite children’s books.

Niall’s Great British Menu £85 per person 

  • Amuse Bouche – Tempura oyster wrapped in nori
  • Starter – Farmer Maggot’s mushrooms
  • Fish course – The Witches of the Northern Lights
  • Main course – Aye up Duck! Duck… Goose
  • Pre desert- Staffordshire oatcakes
  • Desert – Harry Potter inspired chocolate frog


Lunch can be booked on Friday and Saturday lunch times only and bookings are subject to availability.

Reservations will be available from 10th July 2020 – this date is subject to any changes necessary due to Covid 19

Pre booking is required and the menu price does not include beverages.

CALL TO BOOK: 01666 822 888

Or you can purchase as a gift voucher to use at at future date – BUY GIFT VOUCHER 


Inspiration for Great British Menu 2020 

Whatley Executive Chef, Niall Keating is no stranger to competitions but when given the chance to represent his hometown of Stoke on Trent, cooking in the Central region heats of Great British Menu he was both proud and a little bit nervous!

The theme for Great British Menu this year is famous children’s authors, creating a great opportunity to take inspiration from some of Niall’s favourite books from his childhood.

We thought we would ask a few questions to find out more!

Niall what was your favourite book as a child?

James and the Giant Peach was a standout favourite but Charlie and the Chocolate was too, the backdrop was similar to Stoke on Trent and Charlie was a bit of a hero of mine.

One of your dishes is a tribute to Harry Potter, were you a fan?

I was and still am these books can be read over and over again.

Did you have to re-read any classics for inspiration?

Yes, I did Phillip Pullman and Tolkien were authors I read for the first time and they had some great plots and characters that worked well with my interpretation of flavours.

If you could be any character from children’s literature who would it be?

Dennis the Menace!

How did it feel to be competing for your home region?

It was really nice to have a connection to home again, having lost this a bit working all over the world over the last ten years, Great British Menu reminded me of all the great things about Staffordshire.

Home means a lot to me and it was great to be able to show case what I do for my hometown.

Niall won his regional final and will go forward to cook for a place at the final Banquet.

Great British Menu – BBC Two