Cranham pub's new restaurant offers residents a taste of local freshness
PUBLISHED: 14:30 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 12 December 2017
Cranham is a treasure trove for locally produced food, or so a chef-to-the-stars has discovered.
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?”
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.