Meet The Team


Muralidhar Shanmugam

Sri Lanka born and London raised; Shan has many years of hospitality experience. He has previously run and managed many highly regarded 5* restaurants and will exceed all expectations in his new and exciting ownership of The Stagg Inn.

Head Chef

Thomas Tudor

Young talented chef Thomas was born in Solihull and has accumulated a large body of experience in kitchens from Stratford-upon-Avon to the Marches. His previous experience includes establishments such as Mallory Court (3 rosettes), The Elms at Abberley (2 rosettes), and The Inn at Well End (2 rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand). His Head Chef position at The Stagg Inn represents a natural progression for him to showcase his enviable abilities.

A diehard Aston Villa fan, his favourite food is a good pizza—or even crumpets with Marmite—though those are unlikely to appear on the Stagg menu any time soon!

He is a strong believer in using local produce—and local really does mean local. His favourite cooking experience is to take something from the garden and turn it into a beautiful dish—for instance, to pluck, wash, and transform strawberries into a delicious soufflé.

Junior Sous

Ursula Chilver

Telford-born Ursula has been working in the industry since 2018, in such establishments as The Queens at Horton, The Clive Arms at Ludlow, and The Charlton Arms (also Ludlow, with a bib gourmand). Outside the kitchen, Ursula enjoys distance running.

She loves cooking and eating seafood: her signature dish is pan-fried sea bream with a fish cream sauce and mash.

Inspired to join our team? Check out our current vacancies.