Eastbury chef Brett Sutton takes on first pub

By Lesley Foottit

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Brett Sutton has taken on the White Post in Rimpton, Dorset
Brett Sutton has taken on the White Post in Rimpton, Dorset

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Top restaurant chef Brett Sutton has taken on his own West Country pub.

The White Post at Rimpton, on the Dorset/Somerset border, is a privately-owned lease that Sutton and wife Kelly plan opened on Saturday (22 February) after a soft launch.

The award-winning chef has left the Eastbury hotel at Sherborne, Dorset, where he won many top accolades in the south-west — including Best Eating Out Experience — to take on the pub.

The White Post has undergone an extensive £35,000 refurbishment including rewiring, plumbing, installation of a new bar, new outside signage and furnishings.

Quirky

"The food will be similar to the Eastbury — restaurant food in a pub — although there will be a small pub classics section," said Sutton.

"It will not be fine-dining as such, but more ‘foodie’, using lots of local and foraged produce for a taste of the west — British, quirky and innovative."

From the classics menu, customers will be able to choose dishes such as a pulled pork muffin, apple and cider chutney, pickles, dripping and chips (£10.50); or locally-made sausages with mustard mash and home-made giant baked beans (£9.50); while the main-course section offers fare including duck breast, gizzards, charred broccoli stalks and fondant potatoes (£18).

The restaurant will hold 50 to 60 covers with a separate snug bar filled with Chesterfield seating and low tables.

In addition, there is an outside area that Sutton intends to improve on by building a conservatory and small wedding venue.

"This is something I’ve always wanted to do — work for myself," said Sutton. "I looked at restaurants as well before choosing the White Post. Pubs are much more casual and informal and I really liked the feel of this pub."

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