1 Michelin Star Chefs: Kevin Mangeolles, Chef Patron, The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms

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Kevin Mangeolles is chef patron of the one Michelin starred, The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms in Norfolk.

The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms

The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms, Norfolk
The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms

85 Old Hunstanton Rd, Hunstanton PE36 6HZ

Website: http://www.theneptune.co.uk/

Telephone: 01485 532122

Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours: Monday - closed; Dinner Tuesday to Sunday 7PM-9PM; Sunday Lunch 12noon - 1:30PM 

Chef Patron: Kevin Mangeolles

Restaurant Manager: Jacki Mangeolles

Twitter: @Neptunechef

Biography

Yorkshire-born Kevin Mangeolles began his career in the kitchen as a teenager. He did an apprenticeship at The Dragonara Hotel in Leeds, which is now a Hilton Hotel. He then worked for a short period as a fish chef at La Tante Claire in London. The restaurant gave Mangeolles his first taste of working in a Michelin-starred establishment as chef Pierre Koffmann had been awarded two stars at La Tante Claire.

Kevin Mangeolles, chef patron, The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms
Kevin Mangeolles

Other jobs included being a chef at Michael’s Nook Hotel in Grasmere, where he started in 1989. The place is now closed, but he was promoted to the position of head chef only 18 months into his time there, and his work was rewarded by winning 3 AA rosettes.

In 1995, he left the mainland behind for the Isle of Wight and The George Hotel in Yarmouth. It was here that he won his first Michelin star, which he held for over 10 years, and another three AA rosettes.

After reaching the peak of their success at The George, Kevin and wife Jacki, who works as a manager for his restaurants, started to look for another challenge.

The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms

In August 2007 the couple left the Isle of Wight and together set up and opened their own venture, The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms on the Norfolk coast. The Mangeolles purchased the struggling pub and entirely revamped it, reopening the establishment as a fine dining restaurant. The picturesque setting was not the only draw, as by 2009 the restaurant had won a Michelin star and was known for the quality of the food.

The former coaching inn, which dates back to the 18th century, offers six rooms for guests, has a very inviting fire for those colder seaside days and alfresco dining during the warmer summer months. Interestingly the wine cellar is actually an old smuggler’s goods store and there are secret passages that lead down towards the beach.

Food style

It is one of only two Michelin-starred restaurants on the Norfolk coast, along with Galton Blackiston’s Morston Hall 20 miles east of The Neptune. Mangeolles tries to source as many of the ingredients that he uses in the kitchen from local producers, including seafood caught off the coast and lamb from a nearby farm, and he has built close ties with the suppliers.

He has also tried out foraging for wild ingredients but asserts that he will only use the best food stuffs and will never compromise on taste or quality. Dishes have a modern British and European feel, and there is a tasting menu, a la carte options and a Sunday Lunch menu as well.

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Editor 3rd November 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Kevin Mangeolles, Chef Patron, The Neptune Restaurant with Rooms