Head Chef Simon Hodgson has been cooking up a storm since he was just 19 – that’s when he secured his first sous chef role. Since then Simon has become an acclaimed chef, who’s passionate about creating traditional cuisine with innovative twists. New World and Asian accents infuse his dishes, as do the classical flavours of Britain and Berkshire.
New World & Asian accents
Creative, inspirational dishes
I love the fresh, quick style of Asian cooking, says Simon. “A dish is instantly created or altered with different flavours and ingredients. I’m particularly interested in new trends with ingredients and food fashion and love adding my own twist to new dishes and menu ideas. I enjoy the autonomy I have at Donnington grove and being able to pass on the challenge to the team to be creative, inspirational and to come up with new ideas too.”
A Chef With a Passion For Provenance
"Provenance puts our individual stamp on the dish. We’ve recently added superb produce ranging from local home made pies to local traditional Czech rolls and schioche (brioche scones)."
Simon Hodgson, Head Chef at Donnington Grove
From weddings feasts to lavish picnics
We don’t like to say no. Instead we make dreams come true, suggesting quirky twists that transform ideas into something memorable and unique”
Simon Hodgson, Donnington Grove’s Head Chef
Creating exquisite, memorable meals
Simon and his team delight in making those big occasions really memorable.
“Regardless of the occasion – if it’s a wedding a wake, anniversary or birthday – it’s always unique, someone’s special day,” he says. “So we really make sure it has the wow factor.
Distinctive, individual events
Our events are always distinctive and individual. We create everything from bespoke 6-course wedding breakfast menus, to a hog roast and cheese selection for the evening guests. Then there are the traditional, lavish summer picnics and buffets, and the themed golf days, when we host the Euro Pro Tour.
With you every step of the way
"We don’t like to say no. Instead we make dreams come true, make them a reality, suggesting quirky twists that transform ideas into something memorable and unique - things the customer might not have considered. Every step of the way, our care in the product and presentation makes the day extra special."