Meet the Chefs: John Bradley

Following his classic chef training in the northwest, John Bradley spent the following 30 years in the pursuit of food excellence working in hotels and restaurants both in the UK and around the world.

His extensive knowledge & experience of international dishes finally led him, together with his wife Jane, to buy Dunkery Beacon Country House and open within its walls, the Coleridge Restaurant.

The passion and standard of service they provide has led to numerous accolades including the Bath, Bristol & Somerset Food and Drink Awards ‘Best Small Hotel’ & ‘Best Restaurant’ and the Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ three years on the run.
John is a big advocate of utilizing local produce and enjoys combining these superb ingredients with the more exotic to create modern and exciting dishes on his seasonally changing menus.

John Bradley, Dunkery Beacon Hotel

MIND in Somerset

In 2019, we are supporting the charity MIND in Somerset with a number of events.

We are hoping to raise at least £5,000.00 to set up a youth service in Minehead for children with mental health problems in West Somerset.


Here’s what MIND in Somerset say:

Mind in Somerset’s Young Person Service recognise that it isn’t always easy to talk about our emotional and mental wellbeing. Fear about what others may say, being laughed at or judged can often stop us, making us feel alone.

Mental wellbeing can be affected by all sorts of things – stress, exams, relationships, problems at home or school, bullying and the loss of someone close. Sometimes we don’t know why we feel the way we do – we just do!

  1. The peer support groups offer an opportunity to meet with others who may be experiencing similar issues in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Run by a team of staff and volunteers, our sessions are an opportunity to talk and share experiences, whilst learning strategies and gaining the tools to build confidence and self-esteem, and cope better with life’s ups and downs. The groups are split into two age groups 11-18yrs and 18-24yrs.
  2. We also offer one-to-one and group sessions. These offer an opportunity to talk to someone who will not judge you, and who will support you to  build confidence and self-esteem to reach your goals.

We believe that everyone has their own challenges at some time, and therefore will get different things from the sessions. Every person that comes into contact with a young person has the ability to impact on his or her mental health and wellbeing – the staff and volunteers have a wealth of experience and are able to offer positive role models to the young people that work with us

IF you can’t make it to the dinner on 19 November 2019, but would still like to support our fundraiser, you can donate money to our fundraising page – all money donated will go directly towards our project without any deductions for admin or processing fees.

Who’s cooking?

We are delighted to be able to announce the names of the fabulous chefs cooking your six-course-dinner on 19 November 2019 at Knowle Manor.

All chefs are well-known across Exmoor and beyond and have won a myriad of awards over the past years:

James Mason, Ellis Pannell, Paul Berry, Olivier Certain, John Bradley and Liam Finnegan will be supported by learners from Foxes Hotel.

The dinner is in aid of Mind in Somerset – we are hoping to raise £5,000 to set up a youth service in Minehead for children with mental health issues in West Somerset.

Tickets for the dinner (which is followed by an Auction of Promises) cost £110.00, including wine flight, and are available via our website.