Publican blown away by Heston experience

PIE EXPERT: Landlord Mitch Adams, at the Thatcher's Arms, met Heston Blumenthal.
PIE EXPERT: Landlord Mitch Adams, at the Thatcher's Arms, met Heston Blumenthal.

Sampling the creations of one of the country’s top chefs is not an invitation any food lover is likely to turn down.

So when Mitch Adams, landlord at the Thatcher’s Arms in Mount Bures, was presented with the opportunity to be part of Heston Blumenthal’s new television series, he grabbed it with both hands.

The 33-year-old spent a day filming with the chef – famous for his scientific approach to cooking – for Heston’s Great British Food.

“It was the first time I had met him and he was an absolute pleasure,” said Mr Adams, who has been publican at the Thatcher’s for seven years.

“He really was a brilliant guy and the food was incredible.”

The series, which is currently being screened on Channel 4, delves into the history of some of the country’s most iconic dishes.

Mr Blumenthal, owner of the renowned Fat Duck restaurant, puts his own unique spin on the meals.

He has already tackled fish and chips and roast beef during the course of the new series. In the episode featuring Mr Adams, it is pies that get the Heston treatment.

“I saw the fish and chip episode last week and was very impressed,” said Mr Adams.

“But I think what he has done with the pies is even better and I am looking forward to seeing it.”

As to the culinary creations which were produced on the day, Mr Adams remains tight-lipped so as not to spoil the surprise.

But he admits, despite knowing a thing or two about pies, his involvement came out of the blue.

“I was lucky because I have a friend whose sister works for the production company and they wanted a few more people,” said Mr Adams.

“I dived in and had great fun spending the day with butchers and pie makers from all over the country.”

Heston’s Great British Food is broadcast on Tuesdays at 9pm.