Prize of £1,000 to the creator of the winning dish plus £1 donated to West Berkshire Mencap every time the dish is ordered

Amateur and professional chefs have a shot at getting their signature dish on the menu of the award-winning Newbury Pub.

The pub on Bartholomew Street is partnering with West Berkshire Mencap to come up with an eye-catching, and of course, delicious main course for their a la carte menu.  There’s a £1,000 cash prize for the winner and £1 for West Berkshire Mencap every time the dish is ordered by a customer.

All you need to do is email the recipe with clear step-by-step instructions on how it’s prepared and cooked, plus where the ingredients can be sourced locally and all emailed with name, profession and contact number to 

Initial recipes need to be submitted by 30th June. The best three will then be cooked in front of a panel of judges including a TV chef to be announced shortly, Newbury Pub owner Pete Lumber and West Berkshire Mencap CEO Leila Ferguson on Sunday, 8th July.

All finalists will be given some assistance and tips by the Newbury’s head chef Gary Basham on the evening.

Newbury owner Pete Lumber said: “We think this is an innovative way to see what dishes local customers would like to see on our popular menu and hope it will raise funds for West Berkshire Mencap. We like to support local charities and this is a brilliant one that has really won me over with their support for local people with learning disabilities and their families despite limited resources.”

Leila Ferguson added: “We are so grateful to the Newbury Pub for helping us in such a fun way. Pete has a real talent for finding inventive ways of helping the local community and we are lucky he has chosen us as one of his beneficiaries.  Anyone over the age of 16 can enter and be in with a chance of winning the huge £1,000 prize!

“We are very much looking forward to playing the part of Gregg Wallace and John Torode while raising money at the same time.”

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