The historic White Hart pub at Devon’s 14th century Dartington Estate has appointed Charlotte Vincent as Head Chef. She leads a team launching an exciting new menu celebrating the best of Devon local produce.

Previously Head Chef at the Five Bells in at Clyst Hydon, Devon, Charlotte has starred in BBC TV’s popular cookery programme Great British Menu and won Best Chef at the Great British Pub Awards 2023. This summer she has been named as a semi-finalist in the Craft Guild’s prestigious National Chef of the Year Awards.

Charlotte, who has described her cuisine as Modern British with a Scandi twist and French technique, has an impressive record that includes further Head Chef roles at AA-rosette gastropub, the Candlelight Inn in Chard, Somerset, and at Hotel Meudon near Falmouth, Cornwall. She has also worked as a pastry chef at Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park in Chagford, with Michael Caine, and at Exeter’s Royal Clarence Hotel.

Before working as a chef, Charlotte began her varied career in the Army’s Royal Logistics Corp, after which she completed a Master’s degree in psychology and human biology.

Charlotte will work closely with the White Hart’s new culinary chief Josh Bebbington, who joined Dartington earlier this year with a stellar CV spanning L’Escargot, River Cottage and Bristol’s Colonnade.

Commenting on her new role, Charlotte said:

I’m excited to be working in such a historic setting with so much happening around me. Knowing I’m walking in the footsteps of kitchen staff from the medieval era gives me goosebumps and much inspiration. This place has served royalty over several centuries and that’s very humbling. I look forward to stamping my mark on the White Hart and sharing the dishes I love with visitors from south Devon and far beyond.” 

Dartington Estate’s CEO, Robert Fedder, added:

‘‘We’re thrilled to have attracted a Head Chef of Charlotte’s calibre to Dartington. Her appointment is key to the next phase of the estate’s 700-year-old journey and to our visitor experience overall.”

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