Top Southwold restaurant appoints new head chef

Sutherland House Southwold

Sutherland House Southwold - Credit: Archant

A highly-respected restaurant and hotel has-appointed a new head chef.

Sutherland House Southwold

Sutherland House Southwold - Credit: Archant

Sutherland House, seafood restaurant and hotel in Southwold, has appointed Clark Slaymaker, 30, in the role.

Andy Rudd, owner of Sutherland House, said: 'Carl has some of the best relationships with local suppliers in the area, something that we have always been keen to champion here and because of this, we are able to source unusual, totally fresh local produce. It is the genuine meaning of local sourcing.'

Having lived in the local area all his life, Mr Slaymaker has a rich knowledge of cooking in and around Southwold as well as many contacts to ensure locally-sourced food is served at the restaurant.

Sutherland House is one of the oldest buildings in Southwold dating back to 1455 and has recently been named by The Times as number 10 in the top places to stay by the sea in the UK.

Sutherland House Southwold

Sutherland House Southwold - Credit: Archant


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'Every cook aspires to be a head chef and now Andy has given me a great opportunity.Whatever comes through the door any day we can put straight on to the menu,' added Mr Slaymaker.

Both Mr Slaymaker and Mr Rudd work for the Southwold RNLI - although at sea Mr Slaymaker is helmsman, while back on land at the restaurant it is Mr Rudd who is boss.

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He said: 'I have seen how calm Carl is as helmsman often under severe pressure and I know that this skill is transferable into the kitchen.

'Another advantage of this RNLI link is that we know the local fishing trade very well, which is a totally different approach to dealing with national suppliers.

'We are working together to create something a bit special and different.'

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