New chef back on home turf at Allerdean pub

A recently-refurbished north Northumberland restaurant has appointed a Berwick man as its new executive chef.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 18 January, 2018, 08:26
John Lamond

John Lamond steps into the position vacated by MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean at The Plough on the Hill, near Allerdean.

Owner Robert Kingsley said: “Since Gary was appointed as Scotland’s first national chef, we’ve been seeing a lot less of him so we came to a mutual agreement and we’re delighted to now welcome John on board.

Owner Sarah Carmichael and MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean.

“He is a great chef and has some fabulous ideas which we hope people will come along to try.”

John has most recently been working at The Freemasons at Wiswell, awarded the AA’s best restaurant last year.

Since leaving Berwick at 16 to work at Seaham Hall, he has enjoyed spells at Gilpin Lodge and Holbeck Gyhll in the Lake District, and at the elite Puits de Flavour in the Swiss Alps.

“This is where my love of food began,” said John. “I look back with fond memories cooking with my nana.

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Owner Sarah Carmichael and MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean.

“When I saw this wonderful project exploding in Berwick, I just knew I had to be a part of it and did not hesitate calling Sarah and Robert, for I wanted to come home to my roots and bring with me all my worldly experience and a clear idea of what this town has longed for – a feast for the eyes as soon as you walk in, coupled with mouth-watering tastes.”

The Plough on the Hill reopened in September following a £1.3million transformation.

“Everything is going well but we’ve made a few changes here and there as we learn more,” said Robert.

The Tiffin Room is being changed to create a more relaxed experience for customers to enjoy a drink or for families to get together.

“We don’t want people to have that expectation of having to dine here,” said Robert.

The car park has also recently been extended to increase capacity.