We are pleased to feature this month -Colin Shepherd - Deputy General Manager at The Clog and Billycock a member of the Ribble Valley Inns Group. Colin is passionate about local food and great service and has worked in many quality establishments across the country. He is also a talented artist and loves all things military and of course his latest passion cycling.
The Clog and Billycock is situated in the lovely village of Pleasington and serves high quality British Food, seasonal which is locally sourced.
What is your favourite cookery or food book or publication ?
New York Cult Recipes by Marc Grossman.
What sentence sums up Lancashire Food to you ?
Great Wholesome food produced by passionate people and celebrated locally and beyond.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you like to be ?
Pilot (Preferably Fast Jet and Low Level) or Musician ( ideally Royal Marines Band Service)
Which piece of kit could you not do without ?
My Bicycle – just wish I could have the time to do more cycling
Who would join you at your ultimate dinner party and why?
Difficult choice to make and it could be a big dinner party so I have picked 2
My Grandad – Just a great man to talk to with some great interests
Mozart – A musical genius who wrote some of the most amazing music I have listened to and I imagine he would have some great stories to tell.
What advice would you give to your younger self ?
Work harder at school and have more belief in yourself and your abilities
Describe your style in three words
Impulsive, impatient, Obsessive
What was your latest foodie gadget purchase ?
A Food Mixer. The old one needed replacing with something a bit more powerful and capable
What is your greatest achievement to date ?
Selling my first piece of artwork – it was only small and I did not get much, but the fact that someone was willing to pay for something I had created and wanted to put it on their wall made me proud
What is the worst mistake you have made ?
Dropping a 1000 gallon container of double cream form a forklift truck at a dairy I worked at in Whitby. My plan of going in early on New Years Eve to get finished early was scuppered by the length of time it took to clean up. A messy and expensive accident to say the least. A rumour also spread that a significant amount of Whitby harbour turned white.
Tell us a secret about yourself ? may be something we wouldn’t expect !
I once reversed a works van into my bosses garden wall. There was no damage to the wall and he did not see it happen. There was some damage to the back of the van though. It was weeks before he spotted it and blamed it on someone in the car park so I left it at that!