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Head Chef

Head Chef

Of course, a restaurant is nothing without its cuisine, and with head chef – Artan Hasa – now running things in the kitchen, diners can look forward to an exquisite array of mouth-watering delights.

Artan only uses the finest and freshest ingredients and when he is not creating alchemy in the kitchen, he is scouring the land for new suppliers. He believes in forming close relationships with the farms he sources from and looks for purveyors who concentrate on a single area of expertise; something that, he insists, is an indication of true passion. With fish caught and delivered every day from Looe in Cornwall, and lamb and pork sourced and delivered fresh from Cumbria, it is evident that he will leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of excellence.

But it’s what he actually does with the ingredients that will delight the Criterion's guests. The tantalising menu, which can be termed as 'Modern European/Contemporary English', is clearly one of the main reasons why visitors both recommend and return to the restaurant.

With Artan at the helm, we're sure you'll find that one visit to the Criterion Restaurant is never enough.


Cooking is my passion and I take pride in doing it. For me it is all about our guests: forget the egoist chef or the pompous waiter, my only focus is to offer our customers the best experience and the best meal possible. Our produce is carefully selected from our trusted producers, sourced from British farms and delivered straight to our kitchen, where it is prepared, cooked and served to perfection, in a caring and loving way, by a hard working team. Our customers enjoyment is what drives and inspires me.
Artan Hasa - Head Chef