Pershore Patty Meets Richard Parker, Chef at The Fox & Hounds Lulsley to ask a few personal questions and for a general nose…
Tell me a little bit about how you came to work at The Fox & Hounds?
I’ve been at The Fox & Hounds for over a year now. Weirdly when the role came up to work alongside Graeme in the Kitchen, I recommended my brother! He works in the Industry and thought he would be a great fit for the role. However, after hearing more about the role – the freedom that came with designing the menu and using local produce, I decided to apply for it myself… and here I am!
What achievements, awards or accolades are you proud of?
Achieving the Worcestershire County Title for Best Pub & Bar at the National Pub & Bar Awards 2019 was really brilliant. I’m also proud of our Level 5 Food Hygiene Rating.
Any news announcements, or events that you’d like new and existing customers to be aware of?
Friday Bun Club is coming up soon from the 5th July! Using the brill Peter Cook Brioche Buns, we’re always experimenting different burger combos. We hosted a ‘Proper Burger Night with Lakehouse Brewery’ last year and ‘Bun Club’ is a development of that event. We’re launching a Vegan Burger to coincide with the launch of ‘Bun Club’. It involves 4 burgers each week from Noon-6:30pm on special offer with one of them being something a bit different each week – Mexican Burger, Mango Chicken Burger etc.
What makes your business unique?
I’d say the mentality around the place is pretty unique to any other place I’ve worked at. The owners and staff are really driven to make The Fox & Hounds a quality pub.
Favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?
Bit boring answer… I don’t really go out to many restaurants. I prefer to stay in and cook with the Kids.
Last thing you watched on TV?
Something boring about a retired couple trying to buy some house by the sea.
Which person in your life do you most admire and why?
What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?
What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
Waiting Staff with incomprehensible handwriting
If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Chips, Cake & Bacon
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Just get on with it.
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?
With a new baby, I managed a full night’s sleep with no interruption
Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
Formula 1 Driver
What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?
A shed load of meat and lots of cheese!
What was the worst job you ever held and why?
Being a door-to-door salesman… not great.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
What was the last thing you ate?
The Scotch Egg featured in the photo taken for this ‘Pershore Patty Meets’ feature!
Favourite cut of steak?
What website do you visit most often?
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
I can make a mean wedding cake
Any finally a question from those who are married to you…When are you coming home?
When the last table is done