James Duckett, landlord, chef and ownerSince October 2012, the Samuel Fox has been in the ownership of James Duckett.  Born in Lancashire, after graduating in hospitality management from Nottingham Trent University, James commenced his career as a junior chef at a small restaurant near Bordeaux.  He then moved to work under the legendary Albert Roux in Amsterdam and later, Michel Roux jnr. at the two Michelin star Le Gavroche in London.

He was part of the team which opened Gordon Ramsey’s second restaurant venture, L’Oranger under Marcus Wareing and then he joined Philip Howard at the Square in Bruton Street, where he was part of the team which secured its second Michelin Star.  He worked in Sydney for several years at two of its finest restaurants as sous chef then, on returning to Europe he was appointed head chef at a boutique hotel near Ronda in Spain where, later he opened his own restaurant.

A warm welcome awaits you in the bar, retaurant and hotel

After five years in Spain, interspersed with some winters  spent as chef on a Caribbean super yacht, he moved back to the UK in July 2008, opening his eponymous restaurant in North Devon shortly afterwards. From late 2012, following the collapse of the proposed relocation of his restaurant to a Devon country house hotel, James spent six months as head chef at the private members’ club on the Goodwood Estate before taking on his first pub venture at the Samuel Fox.

Left - James wearing glasses (centre) with from left, chefs Warren and Andy, and front of house team, Leanne, Liam and Sabrina.



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The Samuel Fox Country Inn is an AA four gold star country inn with an emphasis on good food and fine dining. The Inn has four tastefully appointed en-suite rooms, with great views, and its location in Bradwell in the picturesque Hope Valley makes it an ideal base for exploring Derbyshire's Peak District National Park.

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The Samuel Fox Country Inn, Stretfield Road, Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 9JT

Phone: 01433 621 562

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