Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman are the chefs and co-owners of Orwells Restaurant near Henley.
Since launching in an 18th century former coaching inn in 2010, Orwells has won The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year 2017, been included in The Good Food Guide Top 50 UK Restaurants (no. 31) and achieved 4 AA Rosettes, ranking it amongst the best restaurants in the country.
Ryan is also a budding TV chef, having appeared in BBC2’s Great British Menu this year and alongside renowned celebrity chef Pierre Koffmann in the BBC series Yes Chef! two years running.
Ryan and Liam’s ethos is to serve nothing but the highest quality food with a major focus on sustainability. Ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible, all meat is locally reared, higher welfare and entirely seasonal, plus they serve absolutely nothing that isn’t completely sustainable – eel has been off the menu for years.
The chefs have their own small holding where up to 75% of their fruit and vegetables are grown and Liam is a passionate and successful beekeeper, producing the honey used in the restaurant and selling it to support Friends of the Earth’s ‘Bee Cause’.
Ryan and Liam send nothing to landfill – all their refuse is recycled and they choose their suppliers carefully based on their sustainability merits – they recently ceased trading with any companies not able to offer recyclable packaging. This approach and dedication has earned them a three-star gold sustainability rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, ‘demonstrating an exceptional standard of sustainability’.