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Meet the Heifer Herd

David Moss - Owner & Chef

David Moss - Owner & Chef

David has worked in some top local establishments and has received many culinary accolades, he trained at Longueville Manor, which, at the time was the Channel Islands only Michelin Star restaurant. The Latest establishment David worked at was 'The Crab At Chieveley' whilst there the restaurant achieved two AA Rosettes and most importantly received AA Seafood Restaurant of the year award.

David has very strong links to some of the countries premier independent fish suppliers, most of which he still uses on a daily basis.

Lewis Moss - Owner & Director

Lewis Moss - Owner & Director

Lewis has been in local business for many years and this is his first outing into the world of hospitality. Lewis is very much in control of back of house matters and is very involved in the development of the restaurant and hotel, along with his wife Diane Moss you will spot them many times in the restaurant testing the food, wine and whisky, he assures us this is part of his job description but we're not too sure!!

Craig Keenan - Head Chef

Craig Keenan - Head Chef

Craig has worked at the Heifer for Ten years and has been a chef for over 15 years cooking at many fantastic restaurants across Britain including a spell working with Raymond Blanc. Craig also spent time looking like Frank Gallagher from Shameless and Jesus Christ from the Bible. Craig has helped develop many of the new dishes at the Heifer and is committed to maintaining a very high standard throughout the kitchen.

Craig's relentless passion and motivational skills have not only made the Heifer one of the most desirable’s restaurants in Yorkshire at which to come and dine, but also a fantastic place for young chefs to come and learn their trade.

Carly Thompson - Manager

Carly Thompson - Manager

Carly joined us early in 2008 and quickly found herself promoted to the position that she has excelled at. Carly runs a team of ten and is in charge of training and development to ensure the Heifer’s high standards are maintained on a daily basis. Carly is very passionate that every customer has the best dining experience possible and the Heifer’s friendly but professional service can rival any restaurant in the country.

Vince Bako - Restaurant & Bar Manager

Vince ‘147’ Bako - Restaurant & Bar Manager

Vince joined us from The Friar’s Head at Akbar. Having worked across Europe in many Michelin rated restaurants Vince has quickly settled in at the Heifer and working closely with his counterparts Damien & Danny, they not only intend to maintain the high service levels that the Heifer has become renowned for, but also to develop a training program with all the front of house members of staff to help the Heifer’s standards improve.

Vince can be recognised by his trademark smile and his charming, professional and friendly manor. Vince soon picked up his nickname of ‘147’ on his first day at work when he managed to remove all the crockery from a table of 6 – a complete clearance at one visit!

Damien Fort

Damien Fort

Damien Fort is the newest member of the Heifer Herd, joining as part of our management team. Damien, who is originally from Toulouse, France, has a wealth of experience in high-end hospitality having held senior management positions at both the Crab and Lobster and Yorebridge House.

We're thrilled he's now part of the Heifer family and joins Vince, Carly & Danny to be part of our top-notch management dream team.

Kristen Thompson – Pastry Chef

Kristen 'Krissy' Thompson – Pastry Chef

Krissy has been at the Heifer since the day we relaunched in 2006 and heads up our amazing pastry section, making all the sweet treats, handmade chocolates and desserts. Krissy is well known for her very hard work ethic and her unique character. Her passion for pastry can be seen on a daily basis with her constantly changing menu she is never content and always striving for excellence.

Krissy was a real warrior during the covid crisis and was regularly making her lovely treats for the village and hand delivering them throughout the area putting a smile on many faces and even received personal recognition from the chancellor and local MP Rishi Sunak which she was very proud of.

Danielle Smith – Guest Relations Manager

Danielle (just call me Dee) Smith – Guest Relations Manager

Dee has been with us for more than Ten years and has quickly worked her way up the ranks, her hard work and commitment to customer care is second to none and she is a very valuable part of the team.

Dee has an unhealthy obsession with Christmas and has been an integral part of developing our festive packages and menus at the Heifer. Next time you see her just ask her how many days till Christmas – its odds on she will know the answer!!!

Kerry – Guest Relations Manager

Kerry Fort – Guest Relation Manager

Kerry has recently joined the Heifer to work with Dee keeping all our lovely guests happy. Kerry has a plethora of experience and has been an integral part of the management team at The Crab & Lobster & Yorebridge House. Since she started with us Kerry has already helped make some great improvements to the business and along with Dee they have some fantastic ideas moving forward in their commitment to keep improving our guest experience from making a booking to checking out.

Graham Moss

Graham 'no relation' Moss

Graham has worked at the Heifer for 10 years after making a name for himself in the area working at some of the Dale’s most loved establishments. Graham adds a sense of maturity to the kitchen and for what he lacks in hair he makes up for with his enthusiasm.

Graham has won the world’s nicest man competition every year for the last decade but as he moves into a management role this may change!!

Jean Hammond - Head Houskeeper

Jean 'don't you dare call me Stella' Hammond - Head Houskeeper

Jean has been a key part of the Heifer team since we opened in 2006 and has been paramount to the general running of the hotel and restaurant, her impeccably high standards have helped the hotel achieve its highly commended 5 star rating by the AA. Jean has a staff of four, (five including her very understanding husband Eddie who pops in occasionally to give her a hand) whose fantastic efforts help us keep the Heifer spotlessly clean.


Adrienn Bako - Day Time Supervisor

Adrienn is our latest recruit to our front of house team. Adrianne has worked through out the Dales and has become well know for her sunny disposition. She has already made a big difference, her cheerful nature is a great asset at breakfast time and she is fully committed to guest satisfaction at all times.

Danny Dalgish

Danny Daglish

Danny is the latest addition to the management team, after completing an intensive six month in house training course danny has secure a mangers position at the Heifer. Danny has worked throughout the north in some of the regions finest establishments and he main focus is on customer care and ensuring the high standards are maintained on a daily basis. All the team want to congratulate Danny on his promotion and wish him all the luck for the future.

Elysa Moss

Elysa Moss - Exective Chef For Children's Menu & Junior Room Cleanliness Technician

Elysa, at only 14 years old, already has food knowledge well beyond her years, partially down to the fact that all her bedtime stories are read from cookery books from her father's extensive culinary library, and partially down to the fact that she lunches at the heifer most days trying to perfect the children’s menu. She is now a key part of Jean’s housekeeping team working on weekend and school holidays.

Thia Moss

Thia Moss - The Newest Addition to The Heifer Herd

Thia is already a regular face at the Heifer entertaining guests with her cute smile. She has already shown a real interest in all things ‘food’ and has been at home experimenting on her soon to be famous crisp and orange salad - not one for the menu quite yet!

Rocky the Dog

Rocky the Dog - VIP Dog Concierge

Rocky has been working at the Heifer since he was three months old working tirelessly to ensure that all dog related matters are dealt with in a way that only a dog can do. He has now taken it upon himself to become involved in all meat matters and is insisting on becoming chief sausage taster, though the management are concerned that he isn't picky enough!!

Adriane the Dog

Adriane - Junior Vip Sausage Tester

Adriane is the Heifer latest addition to the management team, working closely with her fiancé Rocky she has been paramount in testing of a new sausage and is helping to compile a guide to local walks and attractions that her and Rocky have been working very hard on. If you see her in the Heifer make sure you say hello, she make look very fierce but don’t let looks deceive you, she is very kind hearted!


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