Chef Steven Murray, originally from High Blantyre on Scotland’s West Coast has made a return to his second home in Northumberland following a five-year stint working at restaurants and hotels in Inverness and Aberdeeen. He’s now Head Chef at Walwick Hall, a grade 2 listed building which has undergone a multi-million pound renovation.


My wife Claire for continuously supporting me in my career and putting up with the long unsociable hours and helping me relax during downtime. I also have to mention my two sons Aaron and Lloyd whom I absolutely adore and thoroughly enjoy spending quality time with them. They are full of energy to keep me on my toes!


For a weekend > I would have to say up in and around the Northumberland coast, especially Beadnell. There is nothing better than the sea air as you admire the breathtaking scenery the North East coastline has to offer.

A long holiday > The Maldives, flying into the capital Male and catching a seaplane to a jewel of a resort. The turquoise sea to snorkel the coral reefs, beautiful white sand and the wondrous seafood larder – a match made in heaven for a perfectly relaxing holiday. 

A treat > Heading up to Loch Lomond national park in  Scotland to stay in a luxury lodge especially in winter, taking part in family long walks, bike rides and visiting places of historical interest. Visiting local pubs with log fires and enjoying a hot tub to soak the aching muscles!

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Best food > Being a Chef I love trying out different cooking techniques at home using local quality ingredients from the Northumberland larder.

Best wine > I am a huge fan of the Bogle winery in California with the 2008 vintage Phantom Red being my absolute favourite.

Favourite restaurant > Locally I recently enjoyed dining at Peace and Loaf in Jesmond, I thoroughly enjoyed the innovative food offering. I fully respected the different dining experience where I found the food of the highest standard in a relaxing environment. 

Perfect weekend > A weekend off is a rarity for me and it is a real treat and I always insist on quality family time, watching my eldest son play rugby and an evening going out with our friends for a meal and drinks.

Downtime means > Spending quality time with family and friends, family walks with our family Jack Russell, Mack somewhere in the Northumberland countryside.

Best telly > I am a bit of an American box set lover and have watched several with my favourite being Prison Break! I am enjoying the second series of Narcos and the moment. I never tire of a Bond film either!

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Best shopping city > Being originally from Glasgow I would have to say my home city, it offers some many different types of shopping experiences from the chic Merchant City to the quirky West End.

Favourite shop > I am a fan of Fenwick in Newcastle or anywhere that offers my label of choice, Ralph Lauren.

Luxe relax treat > Heading up to Inverlochy Castle in Fort William and enjoying a tasting menu offering, the hotel offers a retreat in sheer luxury with impeccable dining.

Best buy > My Ralph Lauren duck down winter jacket, it was a real steal at £150 from £800! I love pulling it out every winter to keep me well wrapped up – being a chef in a hot environment I don’t like to get cold!

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A memorable night out > On a recent trip away to Ibiza town with my wife we found some wonderful small back street Ibizan tapas restaurants being served by such friendly appreciative people who were so proud of their stunning island and local produce.

Perfect party > Any party that has all my family and friends attending and there is live music!

Best dress/favourite item of clothing > For me anything that is comfortable, jeans or chinos, polo shirts and a classic blazer.

Dinner date > With my wife in a small romantic restaurant serving wonderful seasonal food with quality wines. 

Your Luxe things in life >>

My whole life is luxury for working in a job that I love doing what I love, creating food for other to appreciate, I have a wonderful supporting family to enjoy when I am not at work. I feel completely privileged with my life and always appreciate the small things in life.

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