2016 finalist 'Chef of the Year' Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards


    HUFFington poST lifestyle 'seven amazing chefs in the cotswolds'


    4/5 Harden's guide 2016


    2015 Winner of 'Chef of the Year' Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards


    2015 finalist of 'Newcomer of the year' Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards  


    Chipping Campden's 'high street business of the year 2014'




    The Produce

    the chef's dozen is proudly located in Chipping Campden, in the Cotswolds. We work closely with a small core of quality producers who are dedicated to their amazing produce, the hills surrounding the town and the fantastic produce found within them virtually write our menu for us.



    Sam Walby - an old Campden school friend, and proprietor of Nolan Brook (3 miles away), supplies us with the famous local rare breed Cotswold sheep, which we often smoke in hay from the same pasture, if we're lucky, we can even get a little ewes milk from him. His father Keith, grows a small quantity of wheat that he takes to a local mill, who help him produce our very own flour (3 miles), which is then used in our wholemeal, butter enriched loaf. which is made with milk from the fantastic Holmleigh dairy (9 miles) and we also make our butter with cream from the same herd.



    Game is a particular passion and is often 'shot to order' by local gamekeeper friends from the surrounding hills and estates (1 mile), as well as from the exceptional David Moore game butchers just down the hill Mickleton (3 miles). Nine miles away, at Paddock Farm, brothers Nick and Jon rear rare breed Tamworth pigs, producing incredible pork. Vegetables are from local market gardeners as well as from the excellent Drinkwaters Farm (3 miles) in the neighbouring village of Ebrington.



    Sustainable fresh fish is sent from day boats in Cornwall from the renowned Flying Fish of Cornwall as well as New Wave Seafood based in Gloucestershire.



    Our concise wine list is chosen to complement the menu, so as with the food it changes seasonally.

  • Another great attribute for picturesque Chipping Campden, Richard Craven’s handsome and very well-priced restaurant opened to much applause in 2014. Craven, who was brought up in the area, produces a wonderfully creative menu and revels in the ingredients on his doorstep, working with a team of small-scale producers


    Harriet O'Brien

    'the telegraph'


  • This intimate restaurant and shady terrace sit close to the square and are run by a local chef with a passion for fine organic and wild ingredients. Dishes are modern, creative and attractive; this is inspired field-to-fork cooking.



    Michelin Guide 2015

  • gift vouchers


    our gift vouchers are perfect for those who deserve a special treat.

    Whether it be for a loved one or as a business reward, let us look after them. We can provide vouchers in a range of denominations.


    (£25, £50, £100)

  • We are extremely proud to offer one short menu 'the chef's dozen', that changes as the seasons and our producers dictate. Using high quality local, organic and wild ingredients, conveying Richard’s close relationships with the excellent producers and gamekeepers found within the Cotswolds.



    sample menu

    the chef's dozen




    August 2016

    four courses £45

    the chef’s dozen comprises of twelve similarly sized dishes of which you choose four.

    The menu is designed to allow you to experience a cross-section of the best seasonal ingredients that Richard, Solanche and the team are most excited about.


    light lunch/early supper £28

    (Tues – Thurs 6:30 – 7:30pm and Fri -Sat lunch. Dishes are highlighted with**)


    6 o’clock gin, cucumber, dill & elderflower liqueur £10

    |deutz classic brut £12| high wire grapefruit pale ale £6


    wholemeal bread - made with flour from a friend’s farm (milled just for us) - homemade butter


    first course

    heritage tomato – Wigmore, elderflower, granola and chickweed**

    Scottish scallop – celeriac, sea purslane and gooseberry

    Cacklebean hens egg rabbit broth, blackcurrant, button mushroom & braised rabbit leg


    second course

    Anjou squab – smoked sweetcorn, sea-beet spinach and redcurrant

    slow-cooked pig cheek – grelot onion, fresh apple and kohlrabi

    quail – blood pudding, pearl barley, prune and English mustard


    third course

    fallow buck – salt-baked beetroot, wild horseradish, blackberries and Scottish girolles

    rabbit wellington   peas, courgette, runner beans and smoked pancetta

    monkfish – chicken oyster, turnip, hazelnut, sea aster and chicken gravy**


    optional cheese course

    three cheese from our favourite local organic producer Gorsehill Abbey

    with honeycomb from Cotswold Bees and milk crackers

    (£5 supplement as dessert or £10 as an extra course)


    fourth course

    raspberry tart – elderflower ice-cream

    dark chocolate – toasted hazelnut, beer caramel and hazelnut ice cream

    cherry soufflé – meadowsweet ice cream **


    UE English Oak roasted ‘pour-over’ coffee or ‘Rare tea company’ tea

    and Solanche’s macarons £4


  • very serious cooking at incredibly decent prices in the Cotswolds. Richard Craven sure can cook, using local rabbits, deer plus local ish scallops and razor clams and the rest. Again the sort of neighbourhood joint we all wish was next door.



    the daily mail



  • bookings


    The reservations diary is just below. Please take a moment to read our cancellation policy.

    If you need a taxi to get to or from the restaurant please be aware we are in the country and its best to book one well in advance.  

    Due to the size of the restaurant the largest table we can accommodate is a four.  


    01386 840598


    opening hours

    lunch - friday and saturday 12.00 - 1:30 pm

    dinner - tuesday to saturday nights 6.30 - 9.00 pm

    The restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday.


    dress code  

    We believe food is best enjoyed in an relaxed environment, so we choose not to have a dress code.


    cancellation policy

    By making a reservation at 'the chef's dozen' you agree to our reservation & cancellation terms.


    We apologise that cancellation charges have become necessary, unfortunately our experience dictates this precaution. The chef's dozen is an independent husband and wife run restaurant with a limited number of covers available and our continued success relies on reservations being honoured by our guests or sufficient notice being given of any changes.


    A cancellation fee of £35.00 per person will be made to your credit/debit card, in the event of less than 48 hours notice given of any cancellations or amendments. However, if we are able to resell your table to a group of the same size we will be happy to waive the charge.


    holidays 2016 

    christmas and boxing day



    courtesy of the rather marvellous JFDMPhotography.




  • Book a table

    If you cannot find a suitable table online, please do give us a call and we will do our best to help.

    We take online bookings for parties up to 4, which due to the size of our restaurant is the maximum number of guests we can accommodate on a single table. Details of our cancellation policy can be found above.


    If the date you are looking for is unavailable please email to be added to our waiting list




    Richard Craven is a chef who possesses some talent and speaks with a distinctive voice – his is food I long to eat again. His wife Solanche is exemplary front-of-house – charming, informed, friendly and efficient. What a wonderful discovery.



    Paul Fulford

    Birmingham Mail

    'Craven draws on the local area for inspiration and ingredients.'


    Janet Harmer


    Caterer and Hotelkeeper

    ‘This place could tempt you into being a tourist in your own country'



    Marina O'Loughlin

    The Guardian

    Richard Craven’s cookery is what can only be described as plucky. Stripped back, minimal plates, but each cooked with incredible skill and knowledge and inspired flavour pairings.


    Laura Rowe

    Crumbs magazine

  • join us


    We are currently looking for passionate part-time front of house staff and a kitchen porter full training will be given.


    We’re always interested IN TAlKING to talented chefs and front of house staff. If you’re interested in joining us, please send your cv to      










    Richard was schooled in Chipping Campden, before he then started in a Chipping Campden hotel where he progressed from kitchen porter to Sous Chef. Richard then moved for a Head Chef position in a Cotswold pub at the age of 25. After this his next position was at the Kingham Plough under Emily Watkins, former Sous Chef of Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck and winner of The BBC's Great British Menu.


    At the end of 2008 he moved with to South Africa with Solanche securing a position at 'The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais'. During his time at 'The Tasting Room', the restaurant moved from number 50 to number 37 in San Pellegrino's World’s 50 Best Restaurants. He was promoted to Sous Chef in the Tasting Room within three months of his time there and the restaurant was also voted the Best in Africa and the Middle East for the second year running.


    Solanche (aka Mrs Dozen) had just finished university in South Africa before meeting Richard on her travels. She dove into the hospitality industry working (and learning) her way through pubs, bars, brasseries and hotels, before moving back to South Africa in 2009. She worked at a Bread and Wine restaurant on the Moreson wine farm in Franschhoek before being fortunate enough land a gig as assistant manager just down the road at LQF with Richard.


    Her Drama Degree major of Stage and Events Management equipped her with the necessary skills to manage her ‘stage’ every night, and when the opportunity to open the chef’s dozen at the original site in Warwickshire came up, She jumped at it, learning her business skills along the way. In their first year, they not only gained an entry into the Michelin Guide, but also achieved 5 out of 5 in the second city’s Birmingham Mail – which, at the time, made them the only restaurant, outside the city to gain such a high accolade.


    Solanche and Richard look forward to welcoming you to their home in Chipping Campden.



  • contact

    the chef's dozen
    Island House
    High Street
    Chipping Campden
    GL55 6AL


    01386 840598

    email: theteam@thechefsdozen.com

    01386 840598

  • Like the very best meals I’ve tasted – and I’m thinking here of Le Manoir, Humphry’s at Stoke Park, L’Ortolan, a couple of restaurants in San Sebastien – the courses were like little works of gastronomic art – beautifully presented, inventive, creating taste sensations you’ll never be able to replicate in a million years


    Muddy Stilettos 2015