Pub recruits chef who worked with Jamie Oliver ahead of re-opening

The new chef at The Crown at Fakenham, Seb Harris, with one of the lunch options, toasted brioche wi

The new chef at The Crown at Fakenham, Seb Harris, with one of the lunch options, toasted brioche with wild mushrooms and confit cherry tomatoes, with garlic sauce and baby herbs. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

A chef who previously worked alongside Jamie Oliver has been recruited by a Norfolk pub to revamp its menu.

Ahead of the re-opening of its restaurant on December 10, The Crown in Fakenham has appointed a new chef, Sebastian Harris, who has created a new locally-sourced menu.

Mr Harris has returned to Fakenham after 16 years of working in London for a number of chefs, including Marco Pierre White and Jamie Oliver.

The new chef at The Crown at Fakenham, Seb Harris, front, with, from left, junior sous chef, Kaiya K

The new chef at The Crown at Fakenham, Seb Harris, front, with, from left, junior sous chef, Kaiya Kurucu; landlady Alie Hannam, and sous chef, Kirsty Palmer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Alie Hannam, landlady at The Crown, said: “I feel really positive about the new menu. I want people to come and try it.

“People have been stuck indoors and want to come out and I want to offer people good locally sourced food."

One of the lunch options at The Crown at Fakenham, toasted brioche with wild mushrooms and confit ch

One of the lunch options at The Crown at Fakenham, toasted brioche with wild mushrooms and confit cherry tomatoes, with garlic sauce and baby herbs. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020


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The pub which currently runs an Italian restaurant has shifted to a more ‘gastropub’ feel. It has also been redecorated with new lighting and images of Fakenham’s past on the wall.

The new chef at The Crown at Fakenham, Seb Harris, front, with, from left, landlady Alie Hannam; sou

The new chef at The Crown at Fakenham, Seb Harris, front, with, from left, landlady Alie Hannam; sous chef, Kirsty Palmer; and junior sous chef, Kaiya Kurucu. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

The Crown in Fakenham dates back to the 15th century. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Crown in Fakenham dates back to the 15th century. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

The pub has adapted to the changing landscape caused by the pandemic, making changes to their opening times, running a sit-down disco, and running a substantial meal promotion to get people back in the pub safely.

One of the lunch options at The Crown at Fakenham, a warm winter salad with poached Norfolk carrots,

One of the lunch options at The Crown at Fakenham, a warm winter salad with poached Norfolk carrots, roasted pear, charred sweetcorn, chicory beetroot with a light lemon vinaigrette. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020


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