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Cranham pub’s new restaurant offers residents a taste of local freshness

PUBLISHED: 14:30 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 12 December 2017

The Plough pub in Cranham. Cheeky Cockles owner Grant Hammond on the left who supplies head chef Russell Bore with fresh seafood

The Plough pub in Cranham. Cheeky Cockles owner Grant Hammond on the left who supplies head chef Russell Bore with fresh seafood

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Cranham is a treasure trove for locally produced food, or so a chef-to-the-stars has discovered.

The Plough pub in Cranham. Head chef Russell Bore The Plough pub in Cranham. Head chef Russell Bore

Head Chef Russell Bore of The Plough pub, on Front Lane, has a career spanning more than 30 years that includes cooking for the likes of the Queen and Elton John at the historic J Sheekey restaurant in Covent Garden.

The 47 year-old, a self-confessed ‘big Orient fan’ who grew up in Hornchurch, took the helm at The Plough’s kitchen three weeks ago with a mission to provide affordable food with locally produced ingredients.

He said: “We get too many rubbish chains that don’t support our local suppliers. They get stuff shipped in and then it all gets shipped back out.

“I get the fish from Fishy Business in Upminster. I get the veg from Farm Fresh in Upminster. I get the meat from Hawkins in Romford. At the end of the day an apple is an apple. Why can’t you support ocal people?”

The Plough pub in Cranham.  Cheeky Cockles owner Grant Hammond on the left who supplies head chef Russell Bore with fresh seafood The Plough pub in Cranham. Cheeky Cockles owner Grant Hammond on the left who supplies head chef Russell Bore with fresh seafood

Commenting on how business is going so far, Russell added: “I’ve created a monster. It’s really going well.”

No meals cooked in Russell’s kitchen costs more the £6.95 and customers can request meals not listed on the menu.

“I’ve got lots of good reviews from people. Last week I cooked pig’s trotters and stuffed them with mousse,” he added.

Russell’s ambition is to grow his franchise of low-cost, locally-sourced meals to other pubs further afield in Essex.

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