Pershore Patty Meets Richard Parker – Chef at The Fox & Hounds Lulsley

Pershore Patty Meets Richard Parker – Chef at The Fox & Hounds Lulsley
Richard Parker - Chef at The Fox & Hounds Lulsley

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?

My partner

What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?

Bacon

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?

Home

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.

Bacon

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.

Favourite band?

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?

Ribeye

What website do you visit most often?

BBC Sport

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

Set in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside, The Fox & Hounds is Alfirck & Lulsley’s characterful country village pub with excellent locally-sourced food and a selection of lovely real ales. Extensively renovated and refurbished in late 2017, the Fox & Hounds at Lulsley caters for village locals and destination food diners. Built as a pub in the 19th Century, the Fox & Hounds has always been a prominent feature in Alfrick & Lulsley’s history.
During 2018, the Fox & Hounds has been: awarded a Level 5 Food Hygiene Rating by the Food Standards Agency; received a Cask Marque Accreditation; received a nomination for The Dog Friendly Awards; and was Commended at the Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence 2018 – ranking The Fox & Hounds as one of the best Tourism Pubs to visit in the County. In May, The Fox & Hounds at Lulsley scooped the National Pub & Bar Award for Best Pub in Worcestershire 2019.
The Fox & Hounds at Lulsley uses only the very best local produce – all dishes are home-made with each element being traceable to a local food source. The award-winning cask ale line-up rotates between the area’s fantastic local breweries. With its 2 beer gardens, 2 bars (including live Sky Sports & BT Sport), Children’s play area, separate Restaurant, Conservatory function room and dog-friendly areas, The Fox & Hounds is a warm, welcoming environment for everyone.
The Foodie Card offer – 20% off main courses 12 noon-2 pm & 6 pm-9 pm Wednesday to Thursday (excludes sandwiches and Fox Clubs) / A free starter or dessert with any adult Sunday Lunch.

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