James Duckett has moved
Now up and running at the Samuel Fox Country Inn
Since the proposed transfer of my restaurant, James Duckett at the Old Custom House, to the nearby Highbullen Hotel fell through in August 2011 I've been looking for somewhere to start up my own restaurant again.
Earlier this year I came upon a very nice country inn at Bradwell, a small village in the Hope Valley at the heart of the Peak District National Park. A bit of change from what I’m used to in that it comes with letting rooms and real ale too! So,quite a challenge, and on September 12th 2012 I set off north with Rob, who had worked with me in the kitchen of the Old Custom House, for my new home at the Samuel Fox Country Inn.
Although set in the wonderful surroundings of the National Park, it’s just 15 miles from the centre of Sheffield and about 30 miles from Manchester. So, it’s a potential destination venue and one which I'm looking forward to making a very special place to stay and enjoy great food. But I’m also determined to make it a great place where everyone, visitors and locals alike, will feel welcome to pop in just for a drink and a chat in very convivial surroundings.
While there’s still much to do, Rob and I have transformed the kitchen and now, with Sabrina and Gareth managing the bar and restaurant, we opened the doors for the first time on Monday 8th October. We’re having to rebuild the business virtually from scratch and so far we’ve kept a low profile while we develop our menus and continue to address the niggling little faults that always present themselves when taking on a new venture. However, we’ve already had some very positive feed back on our food, so time now to crank up the marketing effort and bring in all those much needed and very welcome customers.
As you would expect, all our dishes are made in our kitchen from, wherever possible, fresh local produce. We offer à la carte lunch and dinner menus as well as blackboard specials which include some traditional pub favourite. There’s a pre-Christmas season party menu and special menus for Christmas day lunch, Boxing Day lunch and dinner, New Year’s Eve dinner and New Year’s Day lunch. See all our menus on our website. We’ve always got two local real ales on tap, two draught continental lager and a draught cider as well as around 35 wines and a growing stock of spirits.
And, if you fancy a complete break at Christmas or New Year we've got some very special inclusive festive season packages.
Perhaps you are a previous customer of mine, in which case you'll already know what you may expect on the culinary front at the Samuel Fox. Although I'm now some distance from north Devon I hope I will have the opportunity of cooking for you again in the future. The Samuel Fox has four lovely en suite rooms, so why not come and stay and use it as a base from which to explore the wonderful Peak District National Park.
If, however, you’ve not eaten with me before and would like to know more about my old restaurant business then click here or on the link below to enter my old website where, for a short time I will continue to post news as I establish my new business in Bradwell.