Richard Davies – Bybrook Restaurant at The Manor House

Great British Menu Wales Heats; Richard Davies

Before joining The Manor House in Wiltshire, Richard worked for one year at the Sawyards Restaurant in Storrington, where he achieved his first Michelin star within 5 months, shortly followed by recognition from Egon Ronay. Sudden closure of the restaurant allowed Richard to quickly take up his role at The Manor House.

Richard’s no stranger to Michelin starred restaurants having also spent one year at two Michelin starred The Vineyard at Stockcross in Newbury, in addition to three years at 3 Michelin starred restaurant, Gordon Ramsay, where Richard worked his way up from Demi-Chef to Chef de Partie.

His earlier experience included working at Homewood Park Hotel, Bath, Canoe Bay, Wisconsin, Celtic Manor Hotel, Newport and The Great House Hotel and Restaurant.

Richard Davies and his team at the award-winning Bybrook restaurant won their first Michelin star in January 2009 and have retained it each year since. The Michelin guide is arguably the most revered restaurant guide amongst chefs – only three restaurants in Wiltshire hold these coveted stars.

Richard first won a place in BBC Two’s popular culinary show, Great British Menu, in 2010 and he was delighted to return in 2012 taking part in the competition to cook for the Olympic Banquet.

2013 saw Richard return to the series for the third time and this year the regional chefs have been challenged to create dishes that will put smiles on everyone’s faces as Great British Menu celebrates 25 years of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day Appeal.