The James Figg in Thame is celebrating its love of good pub food done well by introducing a brand new Spring menu and a talented new head chef to cook it.

The popular Thame local is hoping to impress by turning out some great-tasting new dishes on its pub menu alongside some classic best sellers, all freshly cooked in the kitchen of its award-winning new head chef Jack Bull.

To celebrate this fantastic new Menu, Jack showcased some of these classic dishes by cooking in front of an audience last Thursday night.

It was a fantastic evening as the talented head chef showed us all how to make that all time classic, a Scotch Egg, as well as letting us into his secret recipe for the JFC – James Figg Chicken which was our favourite dish of the night. He also rustled up some fantastic tasty treats from the rest of the menu.

The pub landlord, Goldie was on hand with some refreshing beer samples from the pub’s range of real ales – including those from The Vale Brewery in Brill. The festivities continued with a delicious supper and wines from their comprehensive wine list.

Before arriving at The James Figg, Jack cooked at its sister pub The Thatch down the road in the Lower High Street, and before then he was at The Fleece in Witney, another great Oxfordshire watering-hole.

After getting his chefs whites at Burton on Trent College, he got his first job in a professional kitchen at his local pub, The Dog & Partridge in the historic Staffordshire town of Tutbury where he grew up. He then went on to work at the two Rosette The Three Queens Hotel & Lodge in Burton Upon Trent, where he focussed on his food quality and became adept at creating good, honest dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients.  This helped him win the title of Young Chef of Tomorrow at the Taste of Staffordshire Young Chef competition in 2010.

As the spring is here, we’d highly recommend sampling some of this fantastic chef’s offerings in the garden of the James Figg. A proper pub, with fantastic food and a great range of beverages. They even welcome children and animals!

For more information, go to or call 01844 260 166.

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