Sunday, 19 September 2021

Good to be back, says head chef

A NEW head chef has been appointed at the Crown Inn in Nuffield.

A NEW head chef has been appointed at the Crown Inn in Nuffield.

Sean Le Roux, of Paradise Road, Henley, began work at the pub this month.

He was working as a consultant for the Peach Pub Company and says he’s happy to be back in the kitchen.

Mr Le Roux has been a chef for 12 years and previously worked for Gordon Ramsey at Claridge’s and Eric Guignard at the French Table, both in London, and the Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove.

He was a regional finalist in ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish — The Chefs two years ago.

Mr Le Roux, 28, said: “I’ve always loved this area and what is great about it is the competition. It’s hard to find such great restaurants and pubs unless you are in London. I plan to use local game, foraged ingredients — a little bit of everything.”

Landlord Sallie Adams now plans to keep the pub having suggested last year that she might be forced to close due to a lack of support from locals. She said South Oxfordshire District Council had helped by reducing its business rates.

The pub has been redecorated and Mrs Adams said: “Changing the colour of the walls has made a huge difference and now we have a brand new chef it looks as if it is going to work. I’m hoping to take on more staff because we are so busy at the weekend.”

Mrs Adams, who runs the pub with her husband, Paul, said they were still experiencing hostility from villagers.

“They still don’t come in,” she said. “They want a boozer and we are not that. We have lots of walkers and people from Oakley Wood coming in. People who find us like us and keep coming back.”

Mrs Adams is a TV make-up artist and her husband has more than 20 years’ experience in the pub trade.

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