New Appointment in the Kitchen at the Bell Inn, New Forest



The Bell Inn is proud to announce they have appointed Dave Basher as their head chef.

Having worked at The Bell Inn for two years, Basher has taken over the role after the previous Chef decided to follow a new career path outside of catering. At 36, Basher is highly experienced having worked in a kitchen since the age of 13 and has worked in restaurants in and around the area for 16 years, including the Captain's Club and The Jetty (Christchurch).

As a local family-owned business, The Bell Inn is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and has a reputation for supporting local suppliers. Dave has built up a strong supplier network of local growers giving him the freshest ingredients for his creation of seasonal dishes. He will make his stamp on the menu by reinventing old classics, with a twist.

In his spare time, Dave lives on the Hampshire/Dorset border with his partner, young son and two gun dogs and enjoys typical New Forest pursuits including foraging, shooting and fishing.

Commenting on his new appointment, Dave Basher said “I'm thrilled to have been given this opportunity at The Bell Inn. It's a great family-owned business with a team of people all wanting to deliver great quality food and service and, access to the family's estates in the New Forest and Scotland is an added bonus, giving me scope to be innovative seasonally, as well as bringing a real authenticity to the meaning of 'estate-to-plate”.

Mark Pinn, General Manager, The Bell Inn said “We're always keen to reward home-grown talent and are delighted to recognise Dave's success in the kitchen. His extensive experience, culinary knowledge and technical skill is impressive and at a level needed to help towards achieving our longer-term goal of becoming a 2 AA rosette restaurant."

To make a reservation at The Bell Inn, call 023 8081 2214.

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