July 11 2019
New Head Chef at The Chequers
If you’ve visited The Chequers over the past few weeks (and if you haven’t, then why not?) you may have noticed a subtle breeze of fresh foodie air wafting across the menus courtesy of a brand new head chef who’s recently taken to the hob… and is already causing quite a stir on the Bath streets.
38-year-old Ross Harper brings a wealth of experience from respected pubs and restaurants across the country to the much-loved city centre gastropub. Fresh from his most recent role as Executive Chef for the OHH Pub Company (The Old House at Home, The Northey Arms, The Bear and Swan and The Rising Sun,) Ross developed his cooking skills in variety of kitchens in the region including a stint as sous chef at The Mill at Rode before heading for London in 2008 to take up the position of sous chef at the 2AA rosette St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys. This 200-cover Art Deco style restaurant and open-air champagne bar was constantly busy and provided a great foundation for becoming Head Chef and founding partner at the acclaimed gastropub The Woodman in Highgate, where Ross kept himself and his kitchen very busy for six very successful years.
But Ross’s fascination with food goes back a very, very long way. “My grandad grew lots of fruit and veg in his garden, so I spent lots of time picking things and cooking with my Nan while my mum worked,” he recalls. “Slicing runner beans; learning how to string onions; picking and stewing gooseberries; making pastry for apple pie – it’s where the passion started, for me.” Bringing us bang up-to-date with his passions, Ross has already set about making his mark on the Chequers menus and is excited about what the future might bring. “Basically, my style of food is honest, British, seasonally-inspired and flavourful, he says. “The food at The Chequers has always been special, so I’ve retained the ‘essence’ of everything that’s done so well here (including the popular Classics selection, of course) but simplified things slightly, putting a greater emphasis on flavour.”
You can take a peek at the new Chequers menu here. We, meanwhile, will be posting a brand new, updated review of one our favourite gastropubs in Bath any day now, so watch this space – and watch out, Ross; we’re coming to getcha!
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