Monday, 3 November 2008

James and the kitchen team

I'm going to start introducing you to the Victoria Inn proper and in particular the fantastic staff who work with I'll start with the people who prepare, cook and then clean up! Of course - I mean our Chef and his boys.

Ladies and Gentlemen - I proudly introduce our Head Chef James Chapman........... James is singlehandedly trying to make me fatter than ever.......! He is the most amazing chef and has worked sooooooo hard to encompass our vision for what we want our reputation for food in this pub to be. That is good honest food - great products (local where possible), cooked simply and elegantly - with amazing flavours, using great local fresh fish - our cod and chips in our own beer batter just fly's out the door when on the menu, and we've had Skate Wings, Turbot, Dover Sole, etc - just incredible.

We wanted our food to be reasonably priced so we appeal to the townspeople - not just the tourists, and we wanted it to be real British pub food - but cooked to perfection - from that has come the most amazing Steak & Kidney pies, Venison Bourginnon, Pork Fillets - and the Sirloin Steaks are out of this world............ as for the Sunday Roasts and the gravy he cooks up from scratch - well! Don't even get me started on the puds he makes - tonight I had Baked Chocolate Mousse with a Berry Compote and Ice Cream, his homemade Cheesecake is just delicious and as for the baked pears - well!!!! So - the man is amazing - and we are incredibly happy to have him working with us.

As for his team there is the lovely Marcus- 'Sparky' to us and all who love him! He's Sparky because he's a trained mechanic, but took a change of direction career wise - great lad, hugely hard working and very proud of what he does. He looks after the veg, salads and lunch sandwiches - and has the makings of a fine young chef if he wants to pursue his career in this area.

Lastly but not least - the fabulous Gavin! Gavin is the KP, runs errands to the Butcher, the Baker and anyone else for that matter, keeps everything sparkling clean and makes a great contribution to the running of the kitchen. So all in all we have a fantastic kitchen team who are quite rightly giving us a reputation for great food.

In our first five weeks we've had teething problems just like any other new business, but I can count on one hand the people out of several hundred guests who have made complaints - and the others who have been absolutely fulsome and complete in their praise. So that is our fantastic kitchen team - bet you're hungry now.............

By the way all the photo's here are from the magical eye of Lisa Beany Photography when she visited us last week with her amazing array of cameras and equipment to take shots for us - have a look at her website - you'll be amazed -

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