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Chef Antony Ely, Bibury Court, Cirencester

PUBLISHED: 22:37 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:02 20 February 2013

Antony Ely

Antony Ely

You should visit Bibury Court, not just for the food but for the surroundings too.

Name: Antony Ely

Restaurant: Bibury Court

Address: Bibury, Cirencester GL7 5NT

Tel: 01285 740 337

What is your earliest memory of food? Marmite on toast!

Tell us about your menu.

It is seasonal, of course, local produce, and above all, simplicity

How often do you change your menu?

Lunch menus daily, dinner seasonally, with specials

Which dish on the menu would you recommend to a customer?

All of them - it just depends what mood you are in!

What initiated your interest in cooking?

My mother is a fantastic cook

How would you describe your approach to food?

Treat it with honesty and respect

What advice would you give to a novice?

Cook from the heart not the page!

Have you ever had any cooking disasters? Not yet!

What has been your most memorable (or unusual) meal?

Dinner at Auberge de chateau in Corcassone - 5 courses and wine, all from the estate

Which chef has been your greatest inspiration?

Phillip Howard at The Square in Mayfair - calm, precise and dedicated

What is your favourite local ingredient?

At present it is crayfish from Whetford, but the choice is huge

What's in your fridge at home? Lots! I spent last night cooking for my daughter, purees galore!

What is your favourite local restaurant? Allium in Fairford - James is talented and passionate

Why should people visit you?

The food, building, grounds and the service

What would you recommend about the local area? Living in South Cerney we have the waterpark which we use for walks on Sunday mornings.

What would you choose for your last meal on earth?

Boiled bacon, pease pudding, carrots and peas


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