1 Michelin Star Chefs: Ben Wilkinson, Head Chef, The Pass at South Lodge

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Ben Wilkinson is the head chef at the Pass at South Lodge, a restaurant located in a 5 star country house hotel in Sussex. 

Ben reopened The Pass in August 2022 bringing Michelin star success and a wealth of experience from his former Head Chef position at The Cottage in the Wood in the Lake District.

South Lodge

Ben Wilkinson at The Pass


South Lodge
Brighton Road
Lower Beeding
RH13 6PS

Telephone: 01403 891711 

Website: https://www.exclusive.co.uk/south-lodge/food/the-pass/

Reservations: https://cloud-reservations.net/BookTable/Index/2137?restID=65

Instagram: @South Lodge

Twitter: @SouthLodgeHotel

Facebook: @ExclusiveSouthLodge


Ben Wilkinson is a renowned British chef who has made a significant impact on the culinary world with his innovative techniques and exceptional dishes.

As the head chef of The Pass at South Lodge, located in the heart of West Sussex, Wilkinson has garnered both critical acclaim and a loyal following of food enthusiasts.

His first foray in the kitchen was two decades ago, when he began working at a golf course restaurant in Derbyshire. 

After this, he went to the Windows at The Hilton Park Lane in London, then to the Netherlands, at a boutique hotel restaurant in the Hague called Savelberg, where the chef got his first taste for Michelin-level cooking.

He returned to the UK and went to work at Holbeck Ghyll in Windemere for 2 years, followed by a year at Daniel Clifford's Midsummer House before returning to Holbeck for another year. 

His first head chef role was at a four-star country hotel in Derbyshire, which earned 3 AA Rosettes under his tenure. 

With a passion for locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, Ben creates dishes that are not only visually stunning but also bursting with flavors.

Ben's culinary style is a perfect blend of classic techniques and modern creativity, resulting in a unique and unforgettable dining experience. 

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The Pass at South Lodge

The Pass at South Lodge is a prestigious culinary establishment located in the UK.

This renowned restaurant has been a destination for food enthusiasts seeking exceptional dining experiences.

Over the years, The Pass has showcased the talents of several accomplished chefs who have left their mark on the culinary scene.

Under the leadership of former head chefs such as Matt Gillan and Ben Tish, The Pass gained recognition for its innovative and imaginative cuisine.

Gillan, known for his unique flavor combinations and meticulous attention to detail, helped elevate The Pass to new heights during his tenure.

Similarly, Ben Tish's expertise in Mediterranean flavors brought a fresh and vibrant twist to the restaurant's offerings.

The Pass has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards throughout its history. It has been honored with Michelin stars, solidifying The Pass's position as one of the finest dining establishments in the UK.

Beyond its culinary achievements, The Pass offers a unique dining experience with its open kitchen layout. Diners have the opportunity to observe the culinary team in action, witnessing the artistry and skill that goes into each plate.

The Pass at South Lodge continues to be a coveted destination for discerning food lovers. With a rich history of talented chefs, numerous awards, and an unwavering commitment to culinary excellence, The Pass sets the standard for exceptional dining experiences in the UK.

In August 2022, Ben Wilkinson joined The Pass as head chef, with the restaurant later awarded one Michelin Star at Guide's 2023 awards presentation

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1 Michelin Star Chefs: Ben Wilkinson, Head Chef, The Pass at South Lodge