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Beachspoke Interviews…

We interview the owners the Lucky Onion Group

There are numerous restaurants in the Lucky Onion Group, tell us a bit about them and the ethos of the Lucky Onion that connects them?

 

Food is high on the agenda at The Lucky Onion; we love eating and feel that some of life’s best memories are created over a table, sharing food with the people we care about most. We use the very best produce in all of our restaurants, pubs and inns, all sourced locally or from within the UK – we travel to seek out such quality from around the Cotswolds to Cornwall to bring back to our kitchens to prepare.

No. 131 is our hotel and restaurant in the heart of cosmopolitan Cheltenham. Head Chef Alan Gleeson takes his culinary inspiration from the seasons, his surroundings, holidays, memories, and has create a menu that brings together traditional classics and modern European dishes.

The Wheatsheaf Inn, The Chequers and The Wild Duck are our pubs and traditional coaching inn in the heart of the Cotswolds, which all have menus that flaunt the wealth of local, seasonal produce on offer in the area.

 

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Chequers Pub is opposite the Beachspoke property ‘Yarrow’, what is it about Churchill that made you decide to open a restaurant here?

It’s a lovely, quaint, quintessentially British village in the heart of the Cotswolds, and has a great community feel, so we jumped at the chance to take on The Chequers when it became available.

 

To guests visiting the area, what you recommend doing during their stay?

 

Daylesford Organic Farm, Jaffe & Neale Book Shop & Café in Chipping Norton, Blenheim Palace, Burford Garden Company, antique shops in Burford

 

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In terms of local produce, what is the area famous for?

The area is famous for some amazing produce. In particular eggs from Cacklebean farm which is in Stow on the Wold and the amazing Rollright cheese which is produced by David Jowett in stone farm Oxfordshire. Both items are currently on the menu at the Chequers.

Some of the dishes that we have enjoyed cooking this summer are:

– burrata, Yorkshire ham and white peach

– grilled whole mackerel with heritage beetroots and horseradish

– ricotta gnudi with girolles and berkswell.

We really enjoy the Autumn/winter months in the kitchen at the chequers as we get to cook winter warmers which involves long and slow braising of meat to include in pies and stews.

We look forward to Autumn squashes and cabbages coming in to season which we will use for soups and garnishes.

 

We’ve notice you change The Chequers menu frequently, what have been some of your favourite dishes to cook this summer?

 

Some of the dishes that we have enjoyed cooking this summer are:

– burrata, Yorkshire ham and white peach

– grilled whole mackerel with heritage beetroots and horseradish

– ricotta gnudi with girolles and berkswell.

 

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What are you looking forward to cooking this autumn / winter?

 

We really enjoy the Autumn/winter months in the kitchen at the chequers as we get to cook winter warmers which involves long and slow braising of meat to include in pies and stews.

We look forward to Autumn squashes and cabbages coming in to season which we will use for soups and garnishes.

 

What’s in store for the Lucky Onion Group in the near future? 

It’s a very exciting time for us at The Lucky Onion at the moment!

No. 131 The Promenade, our townhouse hotel in Cheltenham which originally opened in 2013, is undergoing an expansion and will double in size in next year.  There are also plans to close The Wild Duck, our 16th century inn in the gorgeous Cotswold village of Ewen, for a full refurbishment and reopen it with a number of bedrooms, all individually designed by co-owner Georgie Pearman.

We will continue to collaborate with well-known and up-and-coming chefs and restaurateurs over the upcoming months – the next supper club on the agenda is with Natasha Corrett, founder of Honestly Healthy, who will be hosting an intimate supper at our boutique townhouse B&B No. 38 The Park on 13th October.