Alasdair Clifford and Victoria Collins were delighted to take over the reins of The Barrington Boar Pub in Barrington, Somerset on the 26th June 2018.

They want to create a pub that is comfortable, relaxed and providing high-quality food, drinks and accommodation.

We are passionate about the Great British Pub! A place where you can meet with friends, collapse after a long country walk or enjoy a quiet drink by the fire. The same pub can offer many different things to everyone, the heart of a community or a relaxed hideaway for a weekend.

The hamstone pub sits in the centre of the village opposite the 13th Century church, St Mary’s. The village is also home to the National Trust property Barrington Court, noted for its famous gardens and oak panel carvings.

The pub will be offering a new menu from Alasdair, who creates refined comfort food focusing on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, cooked with skill and passion. Modern British cooking influenced by the continent, where you will find old classics and new creations.

For us, the best dining experience is when you are in an environment where you are comfortable and relaxed. We want to give you food that delights.
Enjoying a meal with friends and family is extremely important to us and we want to create a place where that can happen. We will use local and seasonal ingredients to create homely yet refined dishes.

Alasdair was brought up on Exmoor in Somerset is finally returning to his home county to run his own kitchen and business. Having spent ten years learning his craft in the capital, studying Cordon Bleu and then going on to work at in Michelin starred restaurant Chez Bruce. For six years he worked his way up from Chef de Partie to Junior Sous Chef. Leaving in Dec 2017 Alasdair went on to experience other kitchens, helping friends and gaining knowledge, The Harwood Arms and Glasshouse to name a few, as well as taking on private chefing work.

My time spent at Chez Bruce was inspirational! Exceptionally hard work but, I feel immensely privileged to have worked for Bruce Poole and Matt Christmas. Their attitude to food, the ethos, was just creating really delicious food, unfussy, honest and generous cooking, the classic way! I can only strive to teach my kitchen team the way I was taught. I’m so excited to be back home, in my own kitchen cooking in the wonderful larder that is Somerset.
— Alasdair

Victoria has a degree in Theatre Design and a background in art and administration. In June 2017 she left her Office Manager role in an art company to get experience in the hospitality industry. She has spent the last year under the wings of Sarah and Eric Guignard at the French Table, working front of house and learning what makes great service. With a keen eye for design, admin and now customer service she hope to be able to run a tight ship in her new home of Barrington.

I was extremely lucky to have found myself at The French Table, a neighbourhood fine dining restaurant with exceptional French cooking and attentive service. Sarah’s guidance and training, along with Eric’s wise words on business as giving me the confidence and tools to pursue our dreams of opening our own pub.
— Victoria