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James Winter


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.

  • Cornish fish soup
  • Grilled octopus with pork dumpling
  • Runs the kitchen alone
  • Wanted to be a journalist
  • Worked in four-star hotels