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Rising Preston chef opens new bistro at Tulketh Brow

Posted on - 2nd December, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, Food & Drink, Preston News, Restaurants in Preston, What's On in Preston
Clockwork Bistro Chef Director, Shane Whitaker
Clockwork Bistro Chef Director, Shane Whitaker Pic: Mark McLoughlin Photography

A rising Preston chef has opened a new bistro at Tulketh Brow in Ashton-on-Ribble.

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Shane Whitaker is Chef Director at Clockwork Bistro, an eatery serving modern traditional dishes alongside a la carte and traditional home-cooked pub-style food.

Shane is part of a team including owner John Magee.

Shane said: “We are all from Preston originally and have a variety of backgrounds with a wide portfolio of training and experience in different sectors.

“At Clockwork, we’re serving dishes such as fish and chips and pie of the day, plus doing Sunday roasts and bottomless brunches.

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“Our aim is to cater for everybody, and attract the general public along with foodies.”

Clockwork Bistro small plate and menu
Pic: Mark McLoughlin Photography
Clockwork Bistro pie
Pic: Mark McLoughlin Photography

Shane has risen through the ranks from starting as a pot wash at the age of 14 to taking a commis chef role and two apprenticeships – the latter being with Northcote Group, where he continued to work for four-and-a-half years.

Shane said: “I took my first head chef role at age 18 at a country pub, and went on to a sous chef job at the Inn at Whitewell.

“In 2022 I decided to set up my own company, Assiette Catering. It took off massively so I had to leave my full-time job to focus on the business.

“I’ve since branched out with The Olive Box, a pop up mobile food trailer, and Prepped, which offers custom-made microwaveable meals.”

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After Clockwork Bistro opened late last month, Shane is already looking ahead to what the future could hold.

“Clockwork Bistro means a whole lot to me. I’ve gathered my experience in various locations and now have the restaurant to broadcast my food in the same area where I am from.

“My hope for Clockwork is to bring a new and exciting experience to the local area with seasonal menus, bottomless brunches, private events, and more.”

To find out more, visit Clockwork Bistro on Facebook.

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