Chef q & a: In the kitchen with ...

PUBLISHED: 17:10 23 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:56 20 February 2013

Chef q & a: In the kitchen with ...

Chef q & a: In the kitchen with ...

Yvonne Hamlett, The Peacock at Oxhill

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Tell us about your pub
The Peacock is in the small leafy village of Oxhill, midway between
Stratford and Banbury. It retains all its 16th century charm with oak beams and a roaring log fire, whilst begin sympathetically modernised to give it a clean contemporary feel. This is no gastro pub, but an award-winning pub that prides itself on great food, freshly cooked to order using local produce. Served along side a good range of cask ales, ciders, lagers and fine wines.

Where did you train?
I train as a Home Economist at Birmingham College of Food. Whilst working freelance I wrote cookery books, gave cookery demonstrations and was a guest presenter on Farmhouse Kitchen for Yorkshire TV.

Why did you become a chef?
I was travelling all over the UK and to Japan with my job and was seeing less and less of my family so I decided to buy a restaurant where
I could use my catering and presentation skills.

What was the first dish you ever cooked?
I was always encouraged to help with the cooking and can remember from an early age making scones, Victoria sandwich cakes, Christmas puddings and being shown my Nans secret Victoria Plum Pudding recipe, which I still use to this day.

What was your favourite childhood food?
It has to be my Mums Shepherds Pie! Its been a firm family favourite through the generations.

What was the best meal you ever cooked?
Fresh brown trout straight out of the River Shannon and straight into a hot pan over a bbq. Simple and so tasty.

What is your favourite Warwickshire ingredient?
Its difficult to single out just one, so I have three that I use all the time, Lighthorne Lamb because is has such a good flavour. Ridgeways Ice Cream, Jane makes me some wonderful flavours including ginger and balsamic sorbet which we serve with melon. Boulangerie Valantine who make a selection of Artisan breads for us in stunning flavours such as olive or sundried tomato.

Whats your favourite Warwickshire restaurant?
I like places for the food they serve, Vintners for their fab Fish Soup and The Horseshoe at Shipston-on-Stour because Lou makes a Smoked Haddock Kedgeree to die for.

Whats in your fridge at home?

Its your last meal on Earth, whats on the menu?
This would have to be something picky that I could share with friends, preferably in the pub accompanied by good wine and conversation and maybe the odd game of Spoof! A seafood platter would fit the bill, lots of lovely fresh lobster, crab, prawns, mussels, etc, garlic mayonnaise, fresh crusty bread, followed by a good selection of local cheeses or a decadent chocolate tart. To hell with the calories it wouldnt matter!

The Peacock
Main Street, Oxhill
CV35 0QU
Tel: 01295 688060

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