Head chef aiming to make Arlingtons a destination Ipswich can be proud of

An experienced chef has been appointed to head up the kitchen at an upmarket Ipswich restaurant.

Head chef Ashley Robertson is aiming to make Arlingtons, based in Museum Street, a food destination that the town can be proud of.

The 34-year-old, who has previously worked in Jersey and Australia among other places, will head up the Arlingtons kitchen team.

Ashley, who trained at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, said: “While at Bouley Bay in Jersey, I worked my way up to chef de partie before returning to Suffolk.

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“I then joined The Cadogan Arms and One Bull where I was the sous chef and gained an AA Rosette Award.”

“From there, I took my first head chef job at The Crown in Framlingham which had been shut for six months. We built up to Rosette standard with 100 covers at lunchtime and 40 in the evening.”

Ashley, who is married and has two young daughters, has also worked at Penta Hotel where he opened the Ipswich branch before being promoted to head chef of the flagship in Reading and becoming regional head chef looking after six hotels.

Peter Gwizdala, owner of Arlingtons which is one of Ipswich’s most historic venues said: “We are delighted to have appointed Ashley as head chef at Arlingtons.”

“He is an incredibly talented and creative chef. We are very fortunate in Suffolk to have a wealth of local food producers and Ashley is keen to make the most of them with his menus.”

Ashley has already devised a new menu using ingredients sourced from within a 30-mile radius which has been a huge success with customers.

“We are delighted to work with local suppliers and with so much of our fresh food coming from East Anglia, it is good to know what is going onto our customers’ plates,” Ashley added.

“Our ethos at Arlingtons is to give our customers a taste experience that otherwise they would have to travel further afield for. It is great to work for a company with such a vision.”

To book a table, visit the Arlingtons website or call 01473 230293.

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