1 Michelin Star Chefs: Chris Cleghorn, head chef, Olive Tree

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Chris Cleghorn is head chef of Michelin-starred Olive Tree in Bath.

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Chris’ first kitchen job was at The Crown at Whitebrook, working with chef James Sommerin. From there, he went on to work for Michael Caines at The Abode Chester for a year, and then was offered the role of sous chef at Gidleigh Park.

Olive Tree

The Olive Tree, Bath - michelin starred restaurant

Russell Street, Bath, BA1 2QF

Tel: 01225 447928

Website: www.olivetreebath.co.uk

Email: [email protected]

Proprietors: Laurence and Helen Beere

Head Chef: Chris Cleghorn

Restaurant Manager: Owen Farr

Facebook: Olive Tree, Bath

Twitter: @OliveTreeBath

Instagram: @olivetreebath


Chris worked at Gidleigh for three years, honing his skills and learning from Michael. Then to further his knowledge of different cooking styles, Chris worked at The Fat Duck in Bray and at Danesfield House with Adam Simmonds.

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He then returned to The Abode in Chester in the role of executive chef. Here Chris was given responsibilities such as budgets and staff management.

He became head chef at the Olive Tree restaurant in February 2013 and within his first year, the restaurant was awarded three AA Rosettes – an accolade which they still hold in the AA Restaurant Guide 2019.

Olive Tree

The Olive Tree restaurant is situated in the basement of the Queensberry Hotel, a luxury townhouse four star hotel just a short walk from Bath city centre. Proprietors Laurence and Helen Beere bought the hotel and restaurant in 2003 and the Olive Tree is one of Bath's longest established independent restaurants. 

 The Olive Tree was awarded its first Michelin star in the Michelin Guide 2019. Chef Chris Cleghorn said: “We’ve had many years where we thought we might have had a look at it but this year, it was not expected!

What the guides say

Michelin Guide

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AA Restaurant Guide

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"I think having the star will change the team morale and help to bring staff in, helping them to understand our values, our aspirations and attention to detail.” 

Chris Cleghorn
Chris Cleghorn

The restaurant's wine list has also been recognised for its diverse offering. They have been awarded The Good Food Guide’s UK Best Wine List award and the AA Notable Wine List award for 2018-2019.

Food Style

Chris combines classical flavours with modern techniques on his menu, showcasing the best of seasonal ingredients and British produce. He works closely with local suppliers to source high-quality local fruit, vegetables, cheeses and meat.


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Editor 30th October 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Chris Cleghorn, head chef, Olive Tree