We are excited to announce the next development for our team: After a year of viewing properties near and far we believe we have found the perfect building.The timing has been ideal, combining our need for bigger premises along with the owners of the Chipping Campden site looking to sell.
Having a restaurant in Chipping Campden was a long held dream for both Richard and Solanche and it’s extraordinary that we’ve been able to achieve this at such an early stage of our careers. We are exceedingly proud of the critical success that ‘the chef’s dozen’ has achieved in such a short amount of time. However, we soon realised, that the small dining room (and a kitchen ceiling so low that it only allows Richard to stand upright in four spots) meant we would have to look elsewhere long term, especially if we wanted to give our excellent little team the opportunity to grow with us. (We also need to save Richard’s back!)
We were originally looking for somewhere to simply drop ‘the chef’s dozen’ and viewed many properties locally, as well as further away in both Bristol and Birmingham but absolutely fell in love with one in particular. And whilst ‘the chef’s dozen’ name has been a fantastic vehicle for our food, service and hospitality, it felt a little bit ‘clumpy’ to use it in our new setting – a village pub!
Our new home The Royal Oak in Whatcote is twenty minutes from Chipping Campden and can be found cosily nestled in the Gloucestershire, Warwicksire, Oxfordshire borders. We actually drank there, a few years ago, when a family member worked there, so we were already familiar with the pub and area. When we found out it was on the market, we just had to go and view it.
The building (which has been closed for around 3 years) has been lovingly restored from the ground up by a brilliant local building company, Henry Jervis and Partners who usually specialise in designing and building homes rather than pubs. Their combined talents have created a spectacular new home for our team and we are all looking forward to bringing our style of seasonal food and friendly service to our new setting.
We’d like take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and ask you to trust us once again and we look forward to welcoming you all to our new home and an exciting new chapter for our team!
Solanche, Richard and the team
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
2017 winner 'restaurant of the year'Cotswold life food and drink awards
2016 winner'the best restaurant in the cotswolds' cotswolds awards
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'
wild foods and game are a particular passion
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 2017
we have moved the team to new premises: the Royal Oak in Whatcote, just outside Shipston on Stour find us there.