“Evolution not revolution” is Stephen Smith’s motto. The chef and his team don’t want to reinvent the wheel with their cooking, they’re just curious to see if they can make it spin a bit faster.

Smith isn’t a fan of orthodoxy or the idea that a chef should have a signature dish, despite many of his creations being memorable enough to warrant the moniker should Smith so choose so.

Ambitious to his core, Smith will be pleased with his pub’s climb up from sixth to fourth place this year.

He’s spoken explicitly of his desire to steal the top spot – and with this year’s ranking it’s beginning to look like an increasingly likely prospect.

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