1 Michelin Star Chefs: John Duffin, Chef Patron, John's House

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John Duffin is chef patron at the one Michelin starred, John's House in Leicestershire. 


John Duffin was born on Stonehouse Farm, Mountsorrel in 1985. Being surrounded by food in his childhood, John began cooking at the age of 14.

John’s House

John Duffin, Johns House, Leicestershire

139-141 Loughborough Road, Mountsorrel, Loughborough, LE12 7AR

Website: www.johnshouse.co.uk

Telephone: 01509 415569

[email protected]

Opening hours: Tues to Sat Lunch 12.00pm – 2.00pm; Dinner 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Chef Patron:
John Duffin

Sommelier: Pedro Torres

Facebook: Johns House Restaurant

Twitter: @JohnsHouseRest

Instagram: @johnshouserest

After leaving school, he worked his way up in the ranks of local Leicestershire restaurant Langs, progressing within the restaurant for the next five years.

John Duffin, John's House
John Duffin

At the age of 21, he took on the role of chef de partie at the one Michelin star Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, under the instruction of head chef Rupert Rowley.

Here John developed a passion for home grown and high-quality produce, combining his family history of farming and his love for fine dining.

To develop his skills further, he moved to London in 2009 to work with Gary Rhodes at Rhodes W1, which held a Michelin star at the time.

John then went on to work under Claude Bosi at the two Michelin star Hibiscus (now closed), and gained further experience at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and Agnar Sverrisson at the one Michelin star Texture in Marble Arch.

What the guides say:


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AA Restaurant Guide

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His next role was working under Simon Rogan at his London pop-up restaurant, Roganic. In 2014, John was brought back to his roots when he opened his first restaurant John’s House on his family farm in Mountsorrel.

John's House

John’s House is currently the only Michelin star restaurant within Leicestershire. It first opened in December 2014 and was awarded the star just months later. The restaurant is set inside the sixteenth century farmhouse.  

Charred Cornish Mackerel, Oyster Emulsion, Cucumber, Buckwheat and Sea Buckthorn by John Duffin, Johns House

Charred Cornish Mackerel,

Oyster Emulsion, Cucumber,

Buckwheat and Sea Buckthorn 

Food Style

The menu at John's House changes according to the seasons. His 'home-grown' food champions British produce, with locally sourced ingredients, many of which come from the family farm. John's philosophy of 'farm to plate' is evident with the Taster Menu. Available from £70 per person, it includes dishes such as Cauliflower Dumplings with Smoked Lincolnshire Eel, Grilled Leeks and Mint and Stonehurst Suffolk Lamb with Sweetbreads, Wood Blewits, Wild Garlic and Goats Curd.

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Editor 13th November 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: John Duffin, Chef Patron, John's House