Meet the Team

At The Restaurant and Bar its not just about the delicious food, it’s also about a relaxed, professional service that adds to your overall enjoyment.

We believe creating this environment starts with the right people – and we’d like you to meet some of the team at The Restaurant and Bar, Bristol.

Karl Wood, Restaurant Manager

After starting his journey within the hospitality industry following a two year course studying Hospitality Management at the City of Bristol College. Following this course, Karl became Restaurant Supervisor at the Aztec hotel. During his time as Restaurant Supervisor, Karl also worked towards gaining his WSET Qualification in Food & Beverage Excellence and went on to graduate in Champagne, France. His key focus is making sure every guest has the best possible dining experience within the restaurant and passing on the knowledge and skills to his fellow colleagues to ensure that this consistently happens.

Mike Riordan, Head Chef

Having worked for the company for 20 odd years, it’s probably fair to say that Mike has seen and done it all! He began his career with Shire Hotels when he was working at North Lakes Hotel & Spa before relocating down South in 2002. He recalls “I went to cosmopolitan Bristol, where I was as much a foreigner with my northern accent as the foreign nationals working in the hotel’. Mike is part of the furniture now though and has a great presence within the hotel. When not in the kitchen, he spends one day a week teaching at the local college, lining up the next generation of Shire chefs.

Danielle Lawfull – Bars Manager

Danielle started working at the Aztec in 2009 as a part time waitress and after deciding she wanted a career in hospitality, worked her way up the ranks to restaurant supervisor. During this time, she also worked towards gaining her WSET qualification in food & Beverage Excellence and went on to graduate in Champagne, France. After graduating, she decided to broaden her experience and transferred to work in the bar. With her passion for the industry, Danielle’s main goal is to pass on her knowledge and to work alongside her team to constantly push the bar to new heights.

Opening times

  • Monday: 6:30am to 9:30pm
  • Tuesday: 6:30am to 9:30pm
  • Wednesday: 6:30am to 9:30pm
  • Thursday: 6:30am to 9:30pm
  • Friday: 6:30am to 9:30pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am to 9:30pm
  • Sunday: 8:00am to 9:00pm



Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4TS,

T 01454 201090