Chef Anthony Ely, Bidbury Court, Cirencester

PUBLISHED: 23:02 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:58 20 February 2013

Anthony Ely

Anthony Ely

Smoked Salmon, roast goose, red cabbage and Christmas pudding - to be fried on Boxing Day - would be Bibury Court chef Anthony Ely's Christmas lunch of choice.

Describe your menu

Well sourced seasonal local produce cooked with respect, with modern and classical twists.

What dish would you recommend on a winter's day?

You need a heart warmer, I love Boiled Bacon, Carrots, and Pease Pudding all cooked in the same pan. A bit like an English 'Pot au Feu' parsley chopped in to the liquor, butter and black pepper into the Pease Pudding.

What initiated your interest in cooking?

My Mother is a fantastic cook, watching and helping her on those rainy days started my interest.

Your ideal Christmas dinner?

My ideal Christmas dinner would definitely be smoked Salmon to start, followed by roast Goose with all the trimmings braised Red Cabbage then of course Christmas pudding (delicious sliced & fried in butter on Boxing Day)

What has been your most memorable meal?

My most memorable meal would have to be my wedding breakfast at Bibury Court.

To start: Hot buttered Buscot Park Asparagus, then roast Whelford Guinea fowl, fricasse of fresh Peas, Broad Beans New Season Onions and Summer Savoury completed with Raspberry and Elderflower Trifle - all followed by a Pig Roast in the evening.

Which chef has been your greatest inspiration?

The Chef who has been the greatest inspiration to me is Phillip Howard Chef / Owner of The Square Restaurant in Mayfair. Having worked together for nearly six years his knowledge and passion for food is second to none.

What's your favourite local ingredient?

My favourite local ingredient is a hard question to answer as we have so much on our doorstep it is quite unbelievable. But, to pick one it would have to be Arthur Williams, Bibury Lleyn Lamb, reared in the village and fantastic flavour all year round. We in fact invited him along to the Cotswold Life Awards earlier this year.

What would you recommend about the local area?

For a great day out or day off, I like the Cotswold Water Park for sailing, walking and waterskiing I am yet to try the waterskiing. One of the lads in the kitchen goes swimming there - I'm not that brave though!

Do you have a favourite local restaurant?

My favourite place to eat at present is the Kingham Plough, Kingham - fantastic food, talented Chef and knowledgeable staff.

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