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Ruth Watson

Restaurateur, food writer and television presenter, Ruth Watson is an accomplished broadcaster and brilliant awards host. Former presenter of Channel 5's The Hotel Inspector, Ruth's wealth of experience within the hotels and restaurant business combined with her marketing expertise makes her the perfect speaker to educate the hospitality industry. Warm and professional, Ruth would make an excellent awards host or conference facilitator. 

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Ruth Watson Biography

Ruth Watson was star of the Channel 5 TV series The Hotel Inspector. She is also a broadcaster, food writer and charming and consummate awards host.

Born in London, Ruth took up a career in graphic design, and became an inspector for the Good Food Guide.

In 1983, Watson and her husband David bought Hintlesham Hall in Hintlesham, Suffolk as a restaurant and cookery school, which over six years they turned into a 33 room hotel, with an 18 hole golf course. In 1990 they bought the Fox and Goose Inn at Fressingfield, launching it as one of Britain's first ever gastropubs. In November 1999, they bought the Crown and Castle hotel in Orford near Woodbridge, Suffolk, which they have fully restored and run as a modern country house hotel.

Ruth Watson's hotel experience brought her to the eye of various publishers, and was asked in 1994 by friend Delia Smith to be a contributing food editor...

Ruth Watson was star of the Channel 5 TV series The Hotel Inspector. She is also a broadcaster, food writer and charming and consummate awards host.

Born in London, Ruth took up a career in graphic design, and became an inspector for the Good Food Guide.

In 1983, Watson and her husband David bought Hintlesham Hall in Hintlesham, Suffolk as a restaurant and cookery school, which over six years they turned into a 33 room hotel, with an 18 hole golf course. In 1990 they bought the Fox and Goose Inn at Fressingfield, launching it as one of Britain's first ever gastropubs. In November 1999, they bought the Crown and Castle hotel in Orford near Woodbridge, Suffolk, which they have fully restored and run as a modern country house hotel.

Ruth Watson's hotel experience brought her to the eye of various publishers, and was asked in 1994 by friend Delia Smith to be a contributing food editor on Sainsbury's Magazine. Watson subsequently became food editor of the Daily Mail Weekend magazine, for which she was shortlisted for a Glenfiddich Award as newspaper cookery writer in 2001, and won twice as Cookery Writer of the year - in 1997 and 2000. Watson has written three books: the Really Helpful Cookbook published in October 2000 by Ebury Press; the slimming book Fat Girl Slim, while her cook book Something for the Weekend is in its third edition.

In Autumn 2005, Ruth Watson's public profile greatly increased when she became the star of the Channel 5 television series The Hotel Inspector. In each episode of this observational documentary series, Watson would visit a struggling British hotel and try to turn their fortunes by giving advice and suggestions to the owner. Watson's direct style appealed to viewers and The Hotel Inspector has become one of Channel 5's most popular series of the 2000's (the show won a Royal Television Society Award in November 2006). Despite this, Watson decided not to undertake a fourth series, and was succeeded on the programme by hotelier Alex Polizzi.

In November 2007, Ruth Watson signed an exclusive two year deal with Channel 4 to front a number of television shows, the first of which explores the commercial development of Britain's country houses. Titled Country House Rescue, the series was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2008, and gained audiences of up to 2.7 million on its first run. A mini-series of catch-up episodes were broadcast a year later. A second series of Country House Rescue was commissioned by Channel 4, and started airing from March 2010. A third series aired from March 2011, and a further series of catch-up episodes began airing from August 2011.

Watson also starred in another TV show that she described as "Grand Designs meets The Hotel Inspector" where she helped aspiring hoteliers start their businesses. The programme was called Ruth Watson's Hotel Rescue.

Ruth and her husband live in a 16th century farmhouse 20 minutes away from the Crown and Castle, which has 120-acre (0.49 km2) organic farm, harvesting some produce for the Crown and Castle.

Speaking Topics

Ruth Watson is star of the Channel 5 TV series The Hotel Inspector. She is also a broadcaster, food writer and charming and consummate awards host.

  • TV presenter
  • hotels/hospitality
  • restoration
  • food and wine
  • awards host

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