Sellers takes over Chris Evans’s former pub

Tom Sellers has taken over the former West Sussex pub of broadcaster Chris Evans.
 
The celebrity Chef, who recently appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu, has acquired the Lickfold Inn in Petworth and plans to reopen the pub by the end of the year.
 
Bought by Evans in 2007, the site was closed three years later and has remained derelict since, leading the local community to launch a campaign to save it from demolition.
 
Leading the kitchen at the revamped pub will be Graham Squire, who has been put in charge as Head Chef after working alongside Adam Byatt at both Trinity and Bistro Union, as well as spending seven years working at Claridge’s.
 
Although he will not be cooking at the Lickfold Inn, Sellers, who won a Michelin star for Restaurant Story in London, will oversee the entire project including its restoration.
 
His plan includes turning the ground floor into a traditional pub in the day which serves craft and local ale with cocktails and snacks. Meanwhile, upstairs will house the main dining room with space for 36 guests who will be served modern British courses using local ingredients.
 
Among the dishes on the menu, which features five options each for starters, mains and desserts, are the likes of chicken, Earl Grey and hay terrine; cod, cabbage and buttermilk; ox pie, buckwheat and oyster; bitter chocolate, clementine and lavender; and blackberry, apple and wheat crumble.
 
The new pub may want to consider hiring older employees to fill its various vacant Chefs jobs, if a new report is any indication. The People 1st research found that the hospitality and catering sector employs an unusually large percentage of under 25s, which has led to a high turnover of staff.
 
Around 365,000 people are thought to leave their jobs in the industry each year, which is around 20 per cent of all people working in the sector.
 
While 60 per cent of all staff in bar roles are under the age of 25, 19 per cent of Chefs, 14 per cent of Pub Owners and nine per cent of Restaurant Managers are also aged 24 or under.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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