Room at the Inn for chef

James Duckett - Samuel Fox Country Inn
James Duckett - Samuel Fox Country Inn

The Samuel Fox Country Inn at Bradwell is set for a new lease of life after being taken over by an experienced international chef.

Lancashire-born James Duckett honed his skills in restaurants from France to Australia before going on to build up an illustrious CV alongside some of the world’s top names.

He began his career as a junior chef in a small Michelin-starred restaurant near Bordeaux, then moved to work under the legendary Albert Roux and later Michel Roux at his two Michelin-starred Le Gavroche. He was part of the team that opened Gordon Ramsay’s L’Oranger under Marcus Wareing and went on to help secure a second Michelin star for Philip Howard’s The Square in Mayfair.

James has run his own restaurants in Spain and, more recently, in Devon, as well as cooking on super-yachts in the Caribbean and a prominent private members’ club.

Now he has taken on the Samuel Fox – run by chef Charlie Curran until he moved to The Beauchief earlier this year .

James says: “This is my first pub venture and I’m sure it will prove to be an exciting challenge. Having taken over the helm earlier this month my commitment is to ensure that the Samuel Fox is once again a very special place to stay, dine or just enjoy a drink at the bar.”

New lunch and dinner menus have been introduced, featuring contemporary British and continental classics. There are also blackboard special and Sunday roasts. All dishes are prepared on the premises.

There is a good wine list, including a selection by the glass, and at least two local real ales at the bar.

Lesley Draper