Opening the Old Stamp House back in 2014 was one of the hardest and most challenging things I’ve done in my life, never mind career. Giving up a job that I loved at The Cottage in The Wood, leaving behind great bosses and a wonderful team of staff. Not to mention the security that comes with being employed by someone else. But all that said I’d always wanted to own my own restaurant, it was the was my main career ambition, even more important to me than my other long held ambition to win a Michelin star.
Sometimes, now I’ve been lucky enough to achieve both these things, I think back, and try to remind myself of all the people who helped me get here, my parents, previous bosses who taught me, industry legends who guided me and the ‘John’s’, as my daughter calls them.