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 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. He also supplies us with Cotswold White chickens and hens, a breed that is naturally slow growing. He feeds them on grains grown on the farm and then hangs to our specification - 'guts in' for a fuller more robust flavour. 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.
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
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.
the chef's dozen
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
We also offer a set three course menu available Tuesday – Thursday 6:30 – 7:30pm and Friday and Saturday lunchtimes, dishes are highlighted with **
6 o’clock gin, cucumber, dill & elderflower liqueur £10
our rhubarb royale £12 |deutz classic brut £12| high wire grapefruit pale ale £6
wholemeal bread - made with flour from a friend’s farm (milled just for us) with homemade butter and pork dripping
slow-cooked ox tongue – gremolata, goats curd and courgette
heritage tomato – Wigmore, granola, elderflower and nasturtium**
Cornish mackerel – celeriac, gooseberry, toasted and pickled walnut
salt-baked squab – golden beetroot, cherry and cacoa nib
quail – blood pudding, pearl barley, prune and Tewksbury mustard
monkfish roasted on the bone – chicken oyster, turnip, hazelnut, sea aster & chicken gravy
plaice poached in sea water– Wye Valley asparagus, brown shrimps and Jersey Royal **
rabbit wellington – peas, courgette, tarragon, smoked pancetta and nocarello olives
hay smoked lamb – spring vegetables, lamb sweetbreads and ewes milk cheese
optional course £10
three cheese from our favourite local organic producer Gorsehill Abbey
with honeycomb from Cotswold Bees and milk crackers (£5 supplement as dessert)
raspberry and orange curd soufflé – elderflower ice cream (please pre-order) **
‘rhubarb and custard’ – duck egg custard, rosemary and Arlette pastry
dark chocolate – toasted hazelnut, beer caramel and hazelnut ice cream
Monmouth ‘pour-over’ coffee or ‘Rare tea company’ tea and Solanche’s macarons £4
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.
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.
We believe food is best enjoyed in an relaxed environment, so we choose not to have a dress code.
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 £25.00 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.
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
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
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