Pentonbridge Inn has appointed Chris Archer as Head Chef. Chris brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge having cooked professionally, across the UK for the last 15 years.
Chris describes himself as a traditional chef, with a flair for presentation who loves old school techniques but still enjoys experimentation with new flavours and techniques. He’s a strong believer that the finest produce needs little embellishment, just a skilled hand.
Chris’s love of cooking was evident from a young age when he appeared on Ready, Steady, Cook as a 15 year old and won, boding well for a bright future. He started his career by throwing himself in the deep end and gaining valuable experience at some of the country’s leading 1 and 2 Michelin starred establishments including The Vineyard, Winteringham Fields, Midsummer House and The Yorke Arms. Chris was appointed to his first head chef role at The Cottage In The Wood in 2014, which was also his first introduction to Cumbria, the region that was set to become his second home (he’s originally from Hull). During his tenure there he gained 3 AA Rosettes as well as winning Lancashire Life “Restaurant of the year”. He was a finalist for Cumbria Life’s “Chef of the year” and represented the North East on BBC’s Great British Menu.
And Cumbria is where he feels most at home with the landscape and quality of the changing seasonal produce helping to inspire his food every day:
“I love to cook with the finest produce from all over the world but find the natural Cumbrian larder a joy: The meat and dairy is incredible and the number of passionate artisan producers working across the county is not only heart-warming but very exciting for a chef. I can’t wait to get started at Pentonbridge Inn.”