CADBURY House has welcomed a new general manager to its ranks.

Gareth Ireland has now joined the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, which is located in Congresbury.

He will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the hotel, house and the award-winning Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

Gareth has over 20 years of experience in the industry and was previously general manager at the Aztec Hotel & Spa in North Bristol.

Gareth said: “Cadbury House has a great reputation across the hospitality and hotel sector.

"It’s a phenomenal venue and is a very well-balanced business when you combine the different elements such as the hotel, meeting and conference facilities, restaurant, wedding offering and health club. It’s a great recipe for success.

“Being affiliated with the Hilton brand makes its proposition incredibly strong and is one I’ll be looking to build on over the coming months.

"It’s regarded as being one of the world’s best four-star brands and often influences people’s decisions on where they want to stay.

“Also, being independently owned, allows the venue the autonomy to react to market conditions much quicker than other operators and it’s that culture I’m looking forward to being a part of.

“My aims are to build on the strength of the team, improve service excellence and implement a natural form of hospitality where we have a guest first focus.

“The opportunity to work with Nick (Taplin) was also too good an opportunity to miss. His vision and energy is second-to-none and I hope to help channel Nick’s passion to make Cadbury House the venue of choice for both business and leisure travellers from all across the UK.”

The hotel's website reads: "Welcome to DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, the South West's finest four-star boutique hotel and spa.

"An enchanting venue set within the rolling English countryside, Cadbury House is the ideal backdrop for your special occasion whether a wedding, private party, business event, spa break or dining experience.

"With truly breathtaking views across North Somerset and the Bristol Channel, Cadbury House effortlessly combines old and new, with the traditional country house and the elegant boutique-style hotel.

"There is also an onsite Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, an award-winning health club and a renowned spa."