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Meet Flo Stoneman of The Rock Inn

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The Rock Inn has provided weary travellers passing through Waterrow with good dining and cosy quarters for decades. Tradition is the thing here, indeed head chef Flo has been sourcing the best local produce to create cracking country pub classics for 31 years

The Rock Inn

Salty or sweet?

Salty every time.

Early food memory?

Picking ripe blackberries with my grandma.

Where do you like to eat out?

The Three Horseshoes at Langley Marsh is my local for great produce and simple country cooking.

Feeling inspired by?

Delia Smith was my original inspiration and made me look at cooking as a career rather than a hobby.

Wish you’d known 10 years ago?

That there would be a shortage of young people coming into the industry. If we had known what the situation would be like now, maybe we could have done more with schools and colleges. It’s disappointing, especially when there are so many celebrity chefs on TV.

Fave pub?

The Star Inn in Bath. It’s got everything you want from a pub; traditional British food and a warm welcome.

Favourite way to cook?

Roasting to caramelise vegetables and enhance the flavours of meats. Also using the char grill – we’ve got a CAPIC range which is great.

Like to have supper with?

My husband and children; I have four children, three grandchildren and another grandchild on the way.

Favourite weekend breakfast?

Poached eggs on granary toast with lots of butter.

On the up?

I think vegetarian cooking is moving forward at a pace. We often see people choosing our meat-free dishes even though they’re not vegetarian.

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