Customers are licking their lips at the prospect of dining at a Weston pub after the arrival of a top chef in its kitchen.
London-born Tony Love is bringing to The Chequers at Weston about 40 years’ experience which includes cooking for some of the world’s most powerful leaders and at some of London’s most exclusive hotels.
Tony was previously head chef at the five-star Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, the four-star Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, and Grade I-listed Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire.
He has also cooked at G8 Summits held in Britain and for a number of Prime Ministers at Downing Street.
Tim Bissett, owner of The Chequers, said: “Tony is an old friend of my wife’s and we met him a couple of years ago when he was head chef at a hotel in Wisbech.
“But when he left there, we lost touch with him until a friend who works at the hotel put us in contact with Tony and he agreed to help us out.
“We’re trying to train people up under him because we’d like the Chequers to get a reputation for very good food and good service at a pub that has good ambience.”
Tim and his wife Kate took over the pub in September after seeing its “huge potential for improvement” and they are determined to make it one of the smartest places of its kind in the area.
“We’ve had terrific support from the village since we arrived, everybody says the food is fabulous and people are already planning to have their Christmas meals here.
“Tony is forthright, very knowledgeable and a very likeable character who is helping us make The Chequers like no other pub in the area.”