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The Salutation Inn team outside

The Team

Striving for Excellence

The new philosophy of The Salutation is to consistently serve the finest food in a unique atmosphere for all occasions, creating a memorable experience that can be repeated and that is not all rhetoric that you have to taste and we have got to achieve.

Tom Williams-Hawkes

Chef Director

TomTom started his cooking journey during a school work experience at Gidleigh Park, Chagford under the guidance of Michael Caines. Michael, himself started his professional career at The Imperial Hotel in Exeter run by Tom’s forefathers. His great grandfather ran Deller’s of Exeter for 17 years between the First and Second World War. It was an amazing cafe renowned for its quality and architecturally a leading Art Nouveau building.

Tom attended Exeter College as a chef trainee for three years graduating as Top Student, then on to Gordon Ramsey at Hospital Road, Chelsea then to Petrus under Marcus Waring before returning to Devon and working his way up to Sous Chef at Gidleigh for Michael, a spell in France followed for the Rothschilds during Gidleigh refurbishment and then on to the Abode in Exeter as Executive Chef for three years.

Introducing the team

 Amelia Williams-Hawkes

Hotel Manager

Amelia Amelia was also born into the hospitality trade and has working in various establishments across Devon and New Zealand. Local faces will know Amelia from her time at The Turf Locks managing a Bar Team and helping to run a tight ship.

Amelia has been fortunate to also work in New Zealand for a few seasons including working at boutique hotel Awaroa Lodge in the Abel Tasman. Amelia’s love of travel landed her as Cabin Crew at Exeter’s own airline FlyBe for the last two years. Now the time has come for another challenge. As Chef Tom’s wife, Amelia in fact lives on site and has been involved behind the scenes from the beginning of the journey.

Martin Facey

Restaurant Manager

Martin I began my hospitality career under the guidance of the Hajiyianni family in Plymouth 8 years ago. I worked in their flagship hotel, The New Continental, becoming trained in restaurant service, bar and cellar management, and reception duties. This is where I found my love for front-of-house hospitality.

After two years I was offered a position as restaurant supervisor at Olga Polizzi’s beautiful Hotel Endsleigh, where I was taught by Alex Polizzi’s front of house team, and restaurant manager Stephane Joumard, formerly of the Savoy and now Service Instructor at Glion Institute of Higher Education, hospitality school, Switzerland. Six months on I was promoted to deputy restaurant manager, where I found my real passion of staff training and their future development.

Stephen Edwardes

Beverage Manager

StephenMy hospitality career began 12 years ago at the Daffodil Restaurant in Cheltenham. I was hired as a part time waiter/bartender during my undergraduate Law degree. I very quickly fell in love with the Restaurant trade and the exciting buzz of a busy weekend service. I progressed through the ranks and became Head Waiter aged 22.

With my degree completed and a new found passion for travel and food, I left the UK to live and work In Melbourne, Australia. It was here that I first discovered a passion for fine wine and spirits. I managed a small Italian bistro in Central Melbourne and undertook seasonal work in Vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula and Margaret River. I travelled for a further 7 years, working in New Zealand, Japan and India.

I returned to Devon and met Amelia and Tom and was instantly inspired by their passion and dedication to producing high quality, local, and innovative food. I have been able to specialise my role within the team at the Salutation Inn to focus on the beverage portfolio and the delivery of our Wine Flight experience.

I have recently completed my level 3 Wine and Spirits Certificate and hope to convert this into Qualifying Diploma in Wine over the next 2 years.

Charley Griffin

Chef de Rang

Bio coming soon!

Esther Trendall-Murdock

GlassHouse Manager

EstherOriginally from Cambridgeshire, my career in food and customer service began at an early age, selling sausages and steak over the counter in Dad’s butcher shops in Oundle & Stamford. After gaining an honours degree in leisure management from Sheffield Hallam University I travelled round the world, working in restaurants and bars to fund my adventures…and found an industry that I fell in love with!

During the course of my career I have enjoyed working in many different aspects of the industry, from designing cocktail menus for central London bars… to serving huge burgers whilst dancing round the tables at Hard Rock Café London… from general management of restaurants within the Cambscuisine group…to consulting for small cafes and helping smaller businesses successfully develop.

Falling in love (again…this time with a person!) was what brought me to Devon… my wife Leah was born and raised in Devon and moving to Topsham was an easy decision, such a beautiful town and a wonderful change of pace after 15 years living in “the big smoke”.  The Salutation happened to be looking for a manager for the Glasshouse and it was a perfect fit for me, and a great opportunity to help grow a business from the early days.

With Tom’s incredible food, our lovely staff and the most beautiful building I have ever worked in, time has flown by and I’ve now been here for almost 3 years. I really enjoy seeing our local regular faces for coffee and lunch, and to help create a wonderful guest experience, whether it’s chatting to someone over their morning coffee or serving beautiful lunches and afternoon teas…well, that’s what it’s all about!

Nikoletta Patkos

Head Pastry Chef

NikolettaMy passion for pastry began in my hometown, Budapest. I started learning about pastries and cakes at the age of 15. One year later I become an apprentice in one of the best and oldest Fine Dine Experience in Hungary: Gundel Restaurant.

In 2013 I moved to the UK, and worked at The Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire. Stephen Tarling the head pastry chef back then, gave me opportunity to learn the British pastry way, starting with scones and a Victoria sponge.

In 2015 I moved to Devon, and worked for the Abode group lead by Michael Caines, in the heart of Exeter at The Royal Clarence Hotel. Tom then offered me the huge opportunity to work in the Salutation Inn and learn from Sylvain Peltier. This was the first time I really experienced to make very fine, beautiful and delicious French style patisserie, and now they are my favourite things to do.

Given the opportunity by Tom and Amelia to lead pastry in the Salutation Inn is the best opportunity I have had in UK, this gives me the chance to improve my knowledge, to make customers smile and in the future to share the knowledge with others.


Coming soon

CasperBio coming soon!


The GlassHouse Topsham


Breakfasts, cream teas & more

During the day the GlassHouse will be serving breakfast, mid-morning teas and coffees with the most scrumptious home-made cakes from our own French patisserie Sylvain Peltier. Lunch shall be fantastic food cooked to perfection, serving wholesome and light meals. During the afternoons a selection of full cream teas shall become available.

Conference venue


The Assembly Room is truly unique

The Salutation is the perfect venue to entertain clients for private dining with menus and wine to match, also for birthdays, anniversaries, engagements and Christmas. An ideal venue for training or presentations for corporate events, we are able to offer bespoke packages for you and your clients. The specially designed Atrium can accommodate a car for promotional purposes and VIP events. Read more

Old map of Topsham

The History

An 18th Century coaching inn

The Salutation has been an Inn since at least 1720. The fine 3 story façade stands proudly in the centre of Topsham. The building is protected with a star listing. Read more