Simon Bonwick calls time on The Dew Drop Inn

By Joe Lutrario

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Simon Bonwick calls time on The Dew Drop Inn

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Simon Bonwick is to move on from Berkshire’s The Dew Drop Inn after 18 months behind the stove.

Under Bonwick and his son Charlie’s tenure the Hurley pub has attracted a number of awards and has been ranked on both Restaurant’s list of the top 100 places to eat in the UK and the Top 50 Gastropubs list. 

No reason has been given for the Bonwick family’s departure with Bonwick simply saying that the project has ‘reached its natural conclusion’. 

The chef - who is known for his distinctive take on classical French cooking - says he is open to opportunities and that he is in the process of finishing his second cookery book: Complete Pub Cookery. 

“We have loved being in the Hurley Forest, it’s a unique spot for a country pub offering our particular style of hospitality,” he says. “Tom Davies CEO and Gavin Mansfield at Brakspear have given inspirational guidance, and have been instrumental in raising the Dew Drop Inn on to its new iron legs for the future tenants that are to be confirmed shortly.”

“Finally, we’ve had a great laugh and are happy and proud of the new story we have created for The Dew Drop Inns on going future and success! We leave the old girl in a strong position.”

Bonwick and his family have run a string of critically successful pubs in Berkshire including The Crown at Burchetts Green, which held a Michelin star and was also listed on both Restaurant’s list of the top 100 places to eat in the UK and the Top 50 Gastropubs list. 

The chef was one of just a handful in the UK to opt to cook unaided​ but has worked alongside his son Charlie in more recent years.

The Bonwick’s final service at The Dew Drop Inn will take place on 14 July. 

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