“One of London’s most accomplished restaurateurs”. AA Gill, Sunday Times
“His name is, if you like, a guarantee of a particular standard, of gastronomic integrity.” Jonathan Meades, The Times
“One of the revered granddaddies of the hybrid cuisine we know for shorthand as ‘Modern British’.” Matthew Norman, Sunday Telegraph
‘I’m really delighted to be able to participate because cooking for me is a compulsion and I just can’t stop, especially given the rich produce around here’.
With over 30 years’ experience in the restaurant business, Stephen Bull has recently retired from the kitchen. 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, cakes, biscuits and various specials. 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 had an epiphany, falling captive to the magic of Risotto Milanese with white truffles. He left his job and then taught himself to cook by ploughing through both volumes of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, plus 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, Walnut the dog and Thimble the cat. His first pub in the area was the Lough Pool Inn in Sellack, which quickly became the 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. Subsequently, he owned the Hole of the Wall, near Cambridge, and the Butcher’s Arms, Woolhope, both now sold.
Victoria, his daughter, joins Stephen at the market when she is home from London to help sell his produce. She loves the market, and would be there all the time if she could be!
To order any of Stephen’s produce, contact him on 07768 780543, 01531 660461, or email email@example.com. Here are some examples of what he can provide, and wife Annie is happy to deliver (depending on distance …!):
Pheasant, Apple and Calvados £5
Venison and Juniper £5
Beetroot, goats’ cheese and horseradish
Sweet pepper, spinach, olives, feta and mint
Red Fox Leicester and onion, crisp Serrano, hazelnut topping
Field mushroom, leek and tarragon
Pear and almond with Kirsch
Muscovado with Pistachio Praline
Lemon and passion fruit.
Large tarts are £28, medium £20
Gluten free can be made on request. Also half tarts might be possible, depending on orders.