1 Michelin Star Chefs: Fred Clapperton, head chef, The Clock House

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Fred Clapperton is the head chef of Michelin-starred The Clock House in Ripley.

Formerly Drake’s, Fred won his first star in the Michelin Guide UK 2018 a year after taking charge. Fred joined the team as a demi chef de partie in 2012 and worked his way up through the ranks.

The Clock House 

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 High St, Ripley, Woking GU23 6AQ

Telephone: 01483 224777

Website: www.theclockhouserestaurant.co.uk

Restaurant manager:
Joseph Pocceschi



Facebook: Clock House Ripley

In 2016 he was  promoted to head chef when owner Serina Drake took full control of the business and rebranded the restaurant as The Clock House. 

Fred’s first taste of a professional kitchen was pot washing in local pubs for a bit of pocket money. 

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Fred Clapperton

After spending much of his childhood in Nottinghamshire, Fred had worked at a number of different establishments prior to joining Drake's including Bibury Court which at the time under the same ownership as Shipton Mill, giving him the opportunity to work closely with their head baker and learn about different breads, going on to help develop the hotel's bread range.

The Clock House in Ripley

As a result of Steve and Serina Drake's divorce, Steve Drake ceaseed to be the chef proprietor of Drake's restaurant at the end of August 2016, Serina then rebranded it The Clock House.

Steve, a Roux Scholarship winner in 2001, began his career under Keith Stanley at the Ritz Hotel London, his career progressed under Tom Aikens , Nico Ladenis, Marco Pierre White and William Drabble.

What the guides say

Michelin Guide

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AA Restaurant Guide

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Steve was awarded his first Michelin star in 2002 at Drakes on the Pond, Surrey.  After four years Steven and his wife, Serina, fulfilled their lifelong ambition and opened their own restaurant,  Drakes in Ripley, which in 2004 gained both a star, and 3-AA rosettes in the first year and was voted Newcomer of the year in the Good Food Guide.

The menu

The food at The Clock House's is very much flavour focused. Dishes are created using simple, sometimes unusual flavour combinations balanced to bring out the best in them. This is the essence of the style of food, flavour focused with technique to support and deliver the flavour.

Ingredients play the biggest role and we source from all over Great Britain, as well as many local suppliers, to find the best produce and suppliers of quality ingredients. 95% of our ingredients come from within our shores.

The restaurant is housed in a beautiful Georgian building. Serina has created a stylish, contemporary, luxurious space, with attention to every detail. The dining area has seating for up to 44.

Videos with Fred Clapperton:

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Editor 13th April 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Fred Clapperton, head chef, The Clock House