- Managing Director - Red Carnation Hotels
Jonathan Raggett has worked in hotels since leaving Westminster College with a Higher National Diploma in Hotel Management. Jonathan joined RCH in 1998 as General Manager of The Rubens Hotel. In 2000 he was promoted to Managing Director, overseeing the rapid expansion to the 17 award-winning luxury boutique hotels and a country inn which RCH now operates. In November 2009, Jonathan Raggett was delighted to be named Hotelier of the Year at the world-renowned Hotel Catey Annual Industry Awards organised by the Caterer & Hotelkeeper.
"We are a family run small collection of five- and four-star hotels who fight the big chains for business. We will never have the same Sales and Marketing spend as these players, so it is my belief that we need to make an even better job of taking care of our guests."
- General Manager
I joined the Acorn Inn in 2010 as the Assistant General Manager. Since then I have completed various management courses, including the Red Carnation Hotels Ambassadors in Management. In 2017, I have been promoted to General Manager along with my partner Richard,. Together, we are proud to lead a dedicated team at The Acorn and are excited to keep The Red Carnation service culture of “no request to large, no detail too small” going. We will to continue to provide the best guest experiences leaving you with lasting memories of your visit with our warm and friendly service. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
- Head Chef
I have been Head Chef at The Acorn Inn since March 2015. I have over 20 years' experience in which time I have seen a lot of trends and positive changes to the industry. Nothing inspires me more than being able to use all the local, fresh ingredients to create dishes on a daily basis. Before joining the team at the Acorn Inn I spent six months setting up and opening the Bath Arms in Cheddar. I was also the Head Chef at Clavershay Barn restaurant, a converted barn on a working farm in the Quantocks, for five years, providing fresh farm to fork cuisine.
- Executive Director - Red Carnation Hotels
Internationally acclaimed hotelier Terry Holmes, winner of the 2006 Caterer Tourism Award, joined Red Carnation Hotels in February 2006, bringing with him his incredible passion for the hospitality industry. His tremendous career ranges from a chef to Vice President in the luxury hotel business.
A much loved character at each of the hotels in the Red Carnation collection, his presence together with his expertise further strengthens our guests' experience.
- General Manager
I started at the Acorn Inn as a General Assistant in 2010, after a year I was promoted to Bar Manager and 5 years on I am delighted to be promoted to General Manager along with my partner Natalie. I have loved working for Red Carnation and in particular, watching the Acorn team grow and flourish over several years. With a brilliant team and a wonderful establishment Natalie and I look forward to leading the team in the coming years.