On 1 March 2006 we received the keys to the Pipe and Glass, and welcomed our first customers only a fortnight later with a team of just two chefs and a handful of front of house staff. Just months after opening we were awarded Yorkshire Life Dining Pub of the Year – a fantastic achievement.
We undertook a major refurbishment of the kitchen, installing James' pride and joy – a bespoke Athanor stove – it’s the Ferrari of cookers and has been worth the investment from day one.
In August we tied the knot at St Mary’s Church, South Dalton – followed by a bit of a ‘do’ at the Pipe and Glass. We were placed in the top 40 restaurants outside the capital by the London Restaurant awards. We laid a new patio within our garden to create an outdoor dining space.
We became proud parents when our son, Toby, was born in April. The day after we won the Taste of England gold award. Plus, we opened our first luxury boutique rooms, Sage and Thyme.
We were awarded East Yorkshire’s first ever Michelin star, which we are proud to have retained ever since. James was named Yorkshire Life Chef of the Year and Northern Chef of the Year at the Northern Hospitality Awards.
Toby became a big brother to Molly. James’ debut cookbook On the Menu was launched, and we transformed our first floor into a private dining suite, The Hotham Room and Chefs’ Library.
A media frenzy: we were named Michelin Dining Pub of the Year, and the head of Michelin visited to present our award… and James managed to miss the excitement as he was away for the day filming with Kirstie Allsopp! On the Menu won Best First Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris.
We were thrilled to win Best Pub and Bar Operators at the Cateys (the hospitality industry’s Oscars); our Golden Apron young chefs’ competition launched. James teamed up with old friend (and former boss), the Star at Harome’s Andrew Pern to create Two Chefs ale, now available across the world – and at the Pipe and Glass!
James travelled to London, accompanied by a sizeable bunch of Yorkshire rhubarb, to appear on Saturday Kitchen with fellow Yorkshire chef, James Martin. The Pipe and Glass’s own label wine was launched, produced by renowned French vineyard Moulin de Gassac.
We undertook a major garden revamp, to include the creation of a kitchen garden, herbarium and the opening of three further luxury boutique rooms: Lovage, Rosemary and Mint. We were named as The Good Pub Guide’s National Dining Pub of the Year.
In early 2016 we took the number two spot in the Morning Advertiser’s Top 50 Gastropub Awards. We now employ over 40 members of staff and work is ongoing on the new garden dining area, due to be launched this summer.
As for the next decade? Let’s see what happens…