The Team

Matt Waldron

Matt Waldron

Head Chef

Matt started his career in a small country house hotel named The Glen yr Afon in Usk, completing his apprenticeship in cooking. His interest in food science lead him to complete a degree in culinary arts and food science in The University of West London. Staying in London Matt worked his way through some very established restaurants with Helene Darroze at The Connaught Hotel being his most influential.

During this time he was part of the team that achieved 2 Michelin stars. Working so closely with Helene influenced Matt greatly, her philosophy of using the very best seasonal products and treating them with respect and care has become a bedrock of Matts cooking style.

After two and half years there it was time to come back to Wales. Working as Sous chef at Restaurant James Sommerin in Penarth from the opening of the restaurant until it gaioned a Michelin Star taught him a lot about running a restaurant and all that comes with the territory. After completing his time there, he then moved on to work for Gareth Ward at Ynyshir, which holds a Michelin Star and 5 AA Rosettes.

In Autumn 2018 Matt was appointed Head Chef of Park House and we are delighted to have found a chef who shares our vision and we look forward to the exciting journey ahead.

Matts style of cooking is based on exquisite flavour using Welsh produce from the coast and off the mountains. He has cultivated strong relationships with farmers and works closely with small local suppliers which gives him the ability to handpick the produce to ensure it’s the best he can get his hands on.

 

Adam Pledger

Adam Pledger

Managing Director and Wine Director

 

Claire Pledger

Claire Pledger

Sales Director

Claire’s passion for food and wine was ignited by her husband Adam and together they have successfully redirected the business from a members club to a fine dining wine led restaurant.

Claire has over 8 years of experience at Park House and has organised hundreds of events ranging from business dinners to weddings to drinks parties. Her knowledge of the event industry is unparalleled and her great strength is that she is able to direct and suggest ideas whilst always keeping the customers main objective very much in sight.

Claire’s understands the needs, concerns and some times the worry that comes with organising high profile events and her ability to put customers at ease is one of her biggest assets. This alongside being discreet when working with some of the biggest names within the corporate and film world is something Claire prides herself on.