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Interior of the new look, The Angel, Dartmouth.


‘I want to employ local chefs as much as possible and find out what makes them tick and teach them a bit of everything to help them further their careers.


‘I’ve loved meeting all the lovely local suppliers, my aim is to work with lots of local suppliers and put the restaurant back on the map.’ Steven also has plans to come out from behind the stove. The gregarious Yorkshireman, who is acknowledged to be one of the leading cookery school teachers in the UK with a rare gift of combining entertainment with education, will be holding regular demonstrations and cookery classes at The Angel, including daily demonstrations of the Dish of the Day. Mirroring the menu’s local seasonal produce, the Angel’s interior now reflects its picturesque waterside location with the colours of the sea and the work of local artists helping to create the informal, laid-back environment the couple are aiming for. While the husband and wife team wanted to change the Angel’s name to reflect a simpler style of menu, they also wanted to retain its féted identity. Joanna explained: ‘The first day we came we were on the ferry and I asked someone if they could tell us


where the Restaurant Angelique was and I was met with a blank face. I asked instead where the Carved Angel was and was given directions straight away.


‘We’re not chasing Michelin stars, we just want to provide great food at good value prices.


‘The restaurant is a landmark in


Dartmouth and we want to continue that heritage. It’s a much loved building and we thought we should keep the name Angel in it. ‘We want to build on the restaurant’s reputation and establish it as part of the bigger foodie experience


Head chef Stephen Bulmer preparing crabs in the kitchen with his 10-year-old son Oliver.


of Dartmouth. There are fabulous restaurants here already so Dartmouth is well on that track, and it’s great to join in.’ Stephen and Joanna say they can’t think of a better place than South Devon to live and work. They left their home in


Winslow, Buckinghamshire, where Stephen ran his own


cookery school Brook Hall, and moved to Thurlestone with their two young children, Oliver, 10, and Emily, 7. Joanna said: ‘We holidayed in Devon and Cornwall all the time and we know the area. It’s lovely, it’s so pretty and everyone has been incredibly friendly. ‘It’s a lovely place to work, we


couldn’t have been happier when we were asked to run the restaurant – who wouldn’t want to come and run a restaurant in a place like this, it’s beautiful, a very special place. ‘With two young children, if we were going to make a move, now was the right time to make it. As it is, they are delighted to be living here near the beach.’•


The Angel, Dartmouth


2 South Embankment, TQ6 9BH. Tel: 01803 839 425 see advert page 9


Interview by Ginny Ware 39


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