Chef signing is a ‘Ferguson-Beckham’ moment for gastropub owner

Joshua Khan, owner, The Great Shefford

The boss of a leading gastropub in Berkshire has said he feels like Alex Ferguson did when David Beckham made it onto his teamsheet after persuading one of the UK’s most highly-rated chefs to run its kitchen.

Joshua Khan (main picture), who owns The Great Shefford, said he was delighted that Sam Cary – formerly of Hand & Flowers and Watley Manor – has agreed to take the helm of its culinary operation.

He said: “Having Sam now lead the kitchen at The Great Shefford makes me feel like Alex Ferguson when he signed David Beckham! We are delighted to welcome him to the kitchen and are excited about what he brings to The Great Shefford.”

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Mr Cary’s arrival will signal a change in direction for the site, with a new menu focusing on the chef’s love of utilising the finest British produce and elevating modern pub food to new and exciting heights.

Having previously worked at Tom Kerridge’s revered Hand & Flowers in Marlow and Watley Manor, Mr Cary has drawn on his years of previous experience to create accessible yet refined dining options dictated by the seasons.

The new menu will offers diners an eclectic mix of traditional dishes “cooked with contemporary flair and executed with aplomb”, according to the business.

It said its aim is “to serve excellent food that goes beyond the standard blueprint of what a pub should serve”.

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