St Austell has taken on two new staff to help improve the estate’s food offer, writes Lesley Foottit. Nick Hemming is joining from Punch Taverns as catering development manager and will focus particularly on promoting catering in the brewery’s 26 managed houses in Devon and Cornwall. He will help tenants with their menu offers as well and is the replacement for Paul Drye who left last year. Peter Hingston, formerly of Tresco private estate on the Isles of Scilly, has also joined as executive chef. He will be primarily based at the Three Crowns in Chagford in Dartmoor National Park, which has been in St Austell’s portfolio for two years and is currently undergoing a £1.5m revamp to reopen in May. The Grade II-listed site will have 19 rooms. “It is one of the reasons for hiring Peter,” said estate director Adam Luck. “There is an opportunity for really good food there.” Hingston will also be involved with other sites in the estate. St Austell has also taken on an assistant to help with the group’s accommodation side. “Two years ago we took on an accommodation expert and she made such a big difference to our hotels and inns that we needed to support the role,” said Luck.