Stevenson Have The Support Of Ben Tunnicliffe
Posted on 28/11/2012 by Paul Andrews
Ben Tunnicliffe has just opened the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn, an opportunity for him to do something different, to continue to cook great food in an informal setting where he can have his family around him too.
Having trained at one of the countries finest catering facilities, Bournemouth College, he embarked on a career that saw him working at a number of well-regarded country house hotels. As Ben confirms, "I was keen to ensure that I had gained enough experience before taking on my first Head Chef role which came at Esseborne Manor in Hampshire when I was 28."
It was at Esseborne that Ben met his wife and it was then that collectively they began to consider the future and began to think about furthering their careers and possibly setting up a restaurant. Things progressed quite quickly after a friend introduced them to Michael and Jean Cox and soon the Abbey restaurant was born.
As Ben explains, "We opened in June 2001 with a simple ethos of offering the sort of hospitality that we ourselves would enjoy and in 2003 we were awarded a Michelin Star, an accolade that we maintained until we sold the restaurant in 2008."
At the end of 2007, Ben had received a letter from SImon Baldwin, the director for what later became Red Hotels, inviting him to consider becoming involved with a new hotel they were about to build, The Scarlet. Ben went from strength to strength and was employed as the Head Chef but soon got involved in the kitchen design, getting he hotel ready and opened and subsequently was part of the team that helped it on its way to the success that it now enjoys.
Ben continues, "I left The Scarlet in 2011 to spend some time with my wife, Kinga, and my two boys, Ollie and Xander. It also gave me the time to do something different as I had spent the best part of my career in fine dining an now wanted to continue to cook great food but in more of an informal setting."
They decided to look for a pub and the search began. A good few were viewed and they ultimately plumped for The Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn which is located in very close proximity to the harbour and Newlyn Fish Market, providing Ben with the freshest of fish which he saw as a great opportunity to fill a gap in the market.
As Ben concludes, "We opened our little pub in August 2012, serving an array of fantastic seafood fresh from Newlyn Market every day."
Ben has been a great supporter of Stevenson and catered for the recent 'Celebration' that Stevenson hosted to celebrate their involvement for over 100 years in the fishing industry in Newlyn.