Lymington pub The Ferryman Inn appoints chef Jake Perry

A LYMINGTON pub has appointed a new chef who promises seasonal local produce and gastronomic events.

Jake Perry will lead the kitchen team at the Ferryman Inn – formerly the Wagon & Horses – which has been renowned as a pub since the 1600s.

As a teenager, Jake started out modestly washing dishes in his mother’s Cornish pub, then worked in restaurants in France and London before joining the Yew Tree Inn country pub in Berkshire, once owned by Marco Pierre White . He also had a stint as a private chef in Dubai.

The new chef Jake Perry

The Undershore Road Ferryman is run by Katie Lockyer, who aims to bring a new look and feel to the once traditional tavern.

Indeed, this is one of the reasons why she called on the culinary talents of Jake, 26, with whom she previously worked.

Both chart a new course for the pub and restaurant, and the focus will be on the “simplicity of fresh, tasty cuisine complemented by discerning service”.

Katie said: “Customers can expect seasonal dishes and classic dishes with a twist – all of which will be made with local ingredients wherever possible.

“Our food will reflect Hampshire’s diverse landscape and revitalize culinary traditions.”

Jake added: “I’m thrilled we have such amazing products here on our doorstep.

“Sourcing from local suppliers means we source the best, freshest ingredients, at the best time to put them on your plate.”

Katie has big plans for the future, including regular foodie events like picker and chef nights where guests are guided through each of the dishes and ingredients used.

The Ferryman Inn in Lymington
The Ferryman Inn in Lymington

Select Friday nights in spring and summer, oysters and rosé will be served on the terrace, and plans are underway for special five- and seven-course tasting menus. Sunday afternoons will be devoted to roasts and musical entertainment by a live saxophonist.

Jake and the team will also be exhibiting at the Lymington Seafood Festival this year.

For more information visit www.ferrymanlymington.com