Cotswold Fine Dining take great pride in every meal served. Everything is freshly made in our own kitchen and ingredients are carefully chosen with a dedication to local suppliers.
With our wealth of experience and knowledge we are confident that whatever size event or venue you are considering, we will be able to tailor make the perfect catering package to fulfil your needs and exceed your expectations. Striving to be sustainable and ethical in our approach helps us be kind to the natural beauty that surrounds us.
Meet Cotswold Fine Dining's Head Chef, Willis Smith
Ahead of their residency at our summer festival, we caught up with Cotswold Fine Dining's Head Chef, Willis Smith – including some of his favourite spots not to be missed in the Cotswolds.
How did you get started?
I worked in a little pub in Essex washing up the dishes. I really enjoyed the environment of a busy kitchen.
When did you decide on your career path, and what led to it?
I always enjoyed cooking, so I tried a cooking course in college and loved it. That then led on to work in Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, and travel around the world experiencing different techniques.
What’s your favourite pub, restaurant, or coffee shop in the Cotswolds?
Jonas at GL50 in Cheltenham. I appreciate his low-waste ethos, and he produces exemplary food.
What is the Cotswolds’ best kept secret?
Poulton Hill Estate vineyard, near Cirencester – they run brilliant tours and wine tastings.
What is your favourite day out within the Cotswolds?
Frequenting pubs and experiencing the local produce and beers!
Who is your inspiration?
It would have to be my heroes, Raymond Blanc and Tom Kerridge.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
Becoming Head Chef of the Fine Dining Group!
“We are excited to partner with Longborough...we share the same values with an emphasis on quality and service excellence.”