James Winter

The Butchers Arms, Eldersfield

NEED TO KNOW James Winter

Key dishes

+ Cornish fish soup

+ Grilled octopus with pork dumpling

Key facts

+ Runs the kitchen alone

+ Wanted to be a journalist

+ Worked in four-star hotels


James Winter is somewhat of an anomaly in the trade, running his pub’s kitchen entirely on his own. The Bristol-born chef originally wanted to be a journalist, but after taking time out from his studies and working in a kitchen, decided cooking was his true calling.

He opened the Butchers Arms in 2007 with his wife Elizabeth, who had significant front-of-house experience having worked at a number of Bristol’s four-star hotels and several high-end London restaurants.

The Butchers Arms

Lime Street

GL19 4NX

01452 840381


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