Abigail Clark - UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2022

Brown’s Hotel is thrilled to announce Abigail Clark, Restaurant Manager at Charlie’s, has been named winner of the highly anticipated UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2022 award by the Institute of Hospitality.

Now in its twelfth year, the prestigious competition held by the professional hospitality body, The Institute of Hospitality, rewards the very best in the industry.

After a successful first round, Abigail, alongside the other finalists, took part in an intensive day of testing where they all demonstrated their technical skills followed by their management skills in front of a panel of leading industry professionals as well as guests.

One of the few female Restaurant Managers in Mayfair, Abigail joined Charlie’s at the beginning of 2020 with experience from across the globe. With time spent in Asia and prior to this at the Shangri-La, The Shard, London, Abigail brings her contemporary style and diverse approach to leads a team of professionals together with restaurant icon, Jesus Adorno.

Commenting on her achievement, Abigail says, ‘It is hard to put into words how honoured I am to have been recognised by the Institute as ‘Restaurant Manager of the Year’. I am forever grateful for the support that I have received from Brown’s Hotel and Rocco Forte Hotels, encouraging me to take part in this competition. This award is a great platform as I continue my career’.

Stuart Johnson, Managing Director of Brown’s Hotel, states, ‘I am so proud of Abigail on what she has achieved within Charlie’s and this award is testament of her professionalism and enthusiasm for an industry she is so passionate about, this award is so well deserved’.  

Lydia Forte, daughter of Sir Rocco Forte and Director of Food & Beverage at Rocco Forte Hotels, comments: ‘I am immensely proud of Abigail, and I am so happy that her hard work has been recognised by such an institution. She richly deserves this award and I wish her every success in what I know will be a long and illustrious career.