‘I’m really delighted to be able to participate because cooking is a compulsion and I just can’t stop, especially given the rich produce around here of the fields, gardens and hedgerows’.
With over 30 years experience in the restaurant business, Stephen Bull has recently retired from the kitchen, but not the restaurant business (he owns The Butcher’s Arms in Woolhope and a pub near Cambridge, The Hole in the Wall, run by a Masterchef finalist).
Luckily for customers of Kempley Produce Market, he has joined our dedicated band of producers and has brought delicious sweet and savoury flans & tarts, pies and a range of other tasty morsels. Needless to say these have proved very popular and practically fly off the table.
Originally from Abergavenny, Stephen started his working life in advertising. On business in Italy he discovered his love of food. Advertising’s loss as they say! He taught himself to cook by ploughing through Mastering the Art of French Cooking and studying Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson.
“Flavour’s the thing with me – whatever whacks the taste buds.” He went on to make his name in London winning two Michelin Stars – at restaurants in Richmond and Chelsea.
He moved back to the west country and settled in Much Marcle with his wife, children and Walnut, the dog. His first pub in the area was the Lough Pool Inn in Sellack, which quickly became the must go to destination for food lovers while retaining the “no-frills” atmosphere of first and foremost a pub. It was the Good Pub Guide’s Pub of the Year 2005.
Stephen sold the Lough Pool in 2005, but after 5 years was in need of another challenge, which is when he bought The Butcher’s Arms, which was no longer functioning as a pub. It is now a successful food pub.
Victoria, his daughter, joins Stephen when she is home from university to help sell his produce. It’s lovely to have young people involved in the market and hopefully she has learned much from her talented father.