Ashbourne team

Meet the Ashbourne Team

At The Ashbourne, our staff are always on hand to help and go the extra mile for you. You will get the very best of service from us, because as a family-run hotel, we’re “small enough to care”.  Here are few of the key team members you may encounter during your visit:

Ashley Lidgard
Managing Director

Ashley Lidgard, owner and MD of Oak Ridge Hotels is very hands on in all areas of the hotel, whether it be running the business itself or serving drinks behind the bar to his customers.  Ashley is a true entrepreneur, purchasing our sister hotel, The Brackenborough from his father, John Lidgard, after learning the business inside-out from an early age.  Ashley then went on to acquire, expand and transform a small village pub into what has since become... The Ashbourne!

Amie Evans
Financial Director & Group Company Secretary

Amie is a long-standing member of the team, having risen up through the ranks, whilst juggling work life with a business degree.  Having been involved on several key development projects at both hotels, as well as stint as Ashley's PA,and having a close eye on the accounts...what Amie doesn't know, isn't worth knowing.

Andrew Smith
Hotel Director

Andrew entered the hospitality industry via the Royal Navy as a Junior Steward in the late 1970’s. After retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in 2003, Andrew remained firmly in the hospitality sector with various management roles before taking the reins at the Ashbourne in 2007. Andrew oversees all operational aspects of the Ashbourne including bar, restaurant, housekeeping and staffing.   Andrew is very hands on and you will frequently see him working alongside his enthusiastic team in the bistro, bar and reception.

Amanda Penistone
Deputy General Manager

Amanda started at The Ashbourne Hotel as receptionist as a university graduate.  Amanda then rapidly progressed on to our sister hotel, The Brackenborough as a Reception Supervisor. After a spell as Reception Manager elsewhere,  Amanda came “full circle” back to The Ashbourne where she now heads up the strong reception team, as well as being Andrew's second-in-command.   Amanda is also the first point of contact for conferences and corporate clients, offering professional advice and tailoring packages and rates to suit individual requirements.

Rob Walton
Assistant Manager 

Rob has a wealth of experience working in hotels, and as our ever-popular wedding co-ordinator he oversees weddings at the Ashbourne from first point of contact, right through to the big day itself.  Rob will be on hand throughout the process to take all the potential stress out of the event, leaving the happy couple totally free to enjoy their celebrations.  Rob also assists Andrew in the day to day running of the hotel.

Chris McClure
Head Chef

Chris grew up in the Lake District, and at age 18 he moved to Lancashire to work in a 4 star hotel with 1 rosette.  Gaining valuable experience there, Chris then moved on to work for an independent gastropub in Garstang before moving to the Lincolnshire area, where he eventually worked up to executive chef at Doddington Hall.   Having worked in big hotels with large banqueting facilities, and also small independent hotels with an emphasis on fine dining,  Chris brings a huge range of experience and inspiration to the Ashbourne.

In his free time Chris enjoys sports, going to Michelin star restaurants and spending time with his young daughter.  His favourite food is also one of our all-time classics; a burger with cheese and hand cut chips.  Can’t fault you there, Chris!

Oak Ridge Moments....

"Great service, delicious food and lovely setting." 

February 2015