MY LIFE IN FOOD: RICHARD SIM

Luxe speaks to owner of The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh, Richard Sim, about some of his finest foodie love stories…

A meal that takes you back to childhood…

Casseroles and stews. They remind me of my mum, who always did an excellent job in the kitchen.

The food that bring you the greatest joy…

Fish – any kind. I just love it.

The food that represents where you come from…

Fish and game. I was brought up on the Northumberland coast, so they’re both a big part of my food identity. And essential ingredients in my menus.

Your most memorable meal…

Up in the mountains above the France-Italy border one summer. Eating lamb (thinking back, it was probably goat), cooked over an open fire, in a small tin hut, with wine from clay jugs.

Your favourite meal of the day and why…

Dinner – or ‘tea’, as we call it here in the North East. When I’m not working, I love to sit down around the table with my family at the end of the day.

The best cook you know…

I’m lucky to have a number of really talented chefs on my team at The Potted Lobster. Two guys – Pete and Mark – stand out. I don’t know them, but I love Tom Kitchin and Rick Stein’s food, too.  

The food you turn to when you need some comfort…

Breaded lemon sole fillets with homemade tartar sauce, lemon, and skinny fries. Or crème brûlée. It’s my go-to pudding.

The food you always need in your fridge…

Pickles or chutneys can turn most meals around.

The food you never give up…

A good bit of steak, with red wine.

What food means to you…

An old chef once said to me, “without food, you die. It deserves respect.” I think that’s a good way of looking at it. Food is to be enjoyed and savoured.


thepottedlobsterbamburgh.co.uk

Related Stories