Top 10 famous pub landlords

Michael Parkinson

Former chat show host Michael Parkinson bought the Royal Oak pub near Windsor in 2001 with his son, Nicholas, a Savoy-trained chef. At the time the pub was painted pink and in desperate need of some TLC. Championing local seasonal ingredients, the pub scooped a Michelin Star in 2010, which it kept for 8 years.

Located in the leafy village of Littlefield Green near Maidenhead, its former head chef, Craig Johnston, went on to win MasterChef: The Professionals. On the current main menu you’ll find rabbit rillettes on toast; salt baked celeriac with chestnuts and truffle; hare carpaccio with pickled swede; guinea fowl and bacon pie; braise oxtail and pearl barley risotto; and lemon panna cotta with basil ice cream.

Nick Parkinson is a huge wine lover, and lists a number of the wines on the menu at retail prices in a bid to get customers to trade up. Among the jewels on his list is a Penfolds Grange vertical featuring vintages from 2010 back to 1962. You’ll also find Louis Roederer Brut Premier, Domaine Ott rosé and Château Ormes de Pez by the glass.

2 Responses to “Top 10 famous pub landlords”

  1. Michael Burton says:

    “The top ten pub landlords and not a mention of Al Murray!!!!

  2. Jason Crobar says:

    The Grapes is the only one on the list that I’ve visited. I like to vacation in London, and on a Monday in June 2017, I arrived, saw a posting on FB from Sir Ian, saying he was personally hosting a pub quiz, and immediately decided to be there. The pub is narrow, and it was packed that night, but the quiz was great fun, and I shook the man’s hand as he left at the end of the evening. Now it’s a must-go place for me every time I visit London.

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