Great British Menu chef opens community pub

By Stuart Stone

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Exciting opportunity: Mark Ellis has opened a pub in conjunction with Admiral Taverns
Exciting opportunity: Mark Ellis has opened a pub in conjunction with Admiral Taverns
Former Great British Menu chef Mark Ellis has entered into a partnership with a community pub in Cheshire owned by Admiral Taverns.

The Bull Inn, in Shocklach, Cheshire, will reopen this spring with a revamped food offer inspired by Ellis, who has worked at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Petrus, Claridge's, and The Savoy over the course of a 25-year career.

Ellis, who also held three AA rosettes at the Peckforton Castle restaurant in Tarporley, Cheshire – where he was executive chef for nine years – is also well known for his time on the BBC’s Great British Menu​.

He will team up with the pub’s current manager Ashley Nicholas to offer a bespoke menu crafted from locally sourced produce, restore the Bull’s traditional roots, and inspire a sense of community within the area – with the pair opting to continue the pub’s quiz nights, sports evenings and Sunday carvery.

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Family values

“We loved the Bull as soon as we saw it,” Ellis said. “The pub has a fantastic community feel and we are very keen to create a family atmosphere in the village.

“We want our customers to come back time and time again, and are committed to creating a delicious menu for them to do just that.

“We’ve reflected our family values in our menus, creating a separate children’s menu to ensure that everyone can have a delicious meal at the Bull Inn.”

Admiral Taverns’ business development manager Alan Hurt added: “It’s fantastic to have Mark on board at the Bull Inn.

“His passion, vast experience and knowledge of the food industry will be a great help to the pub and we’re really excited for the Bull’s future.

“The menu offers exciting opportunities for all diners and really champions the local community.

“We wish Mark, Ashley and the team all the best for the opening and the future.”

The pub held a VIP launch night on 28 February before officially opening its doors for bookings on Saturday 2 March.

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