Howarth will succeed Oli Martin who, following seven years at the hotel, will leave to pursue his own venture.
Howarth joins Hipping Hall from The Devonshire Arms’ Burlington Restaurant at Bolton Abbey.
He said: “After seeing Hipping Hall I just fell in love with the place. Throughout my career I have used the produce from the three counties that surround Hipping Hall; it’s just the perfect environment for my food and I know that we are going to create something really special here.
“Kirkby Lonsdale also happens to be a beautiful part of the world that I have lived in before and I can’t wait to move back there with my family.”
Andrew Wildsmith, owner of Hipping Hall, added: “The appointment marks a very exciting next step for Hipping, which has recently achieved four AA Rosettes and holds a very bright future. I’m thrilled we have partnered with such a talented chef who shares similar values with regards to a forward-thinking, yet classical kitchen.
“I know together we are going to create something very special for our guests. We will miss Oli and I want to thank him again for all his hard work and dedication these past years as well as wishing him the very best for his exciting next venture.”