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Fred’s studies in architecture, along with his passion for developing dishes with ingredients from land and sea, have inspired a menu full of thoughtfully constructed courses with impeccable flavours.

Head Chef

Fred Clapperton

Fred originally had ambitions to become an architect. A naturally creative soul, with a flair for drawing, Fred was doing a construction course with the aim of working his way towards architecture when he decided to switch focus and enrol in catering college. Hailing from Doncaster, he’d worked in kitchens pot-washing to earn pocket money, progressing to helping out in the kitchen to cover people who were on holiday or off sick, and he discovered he quite liked it. Having realised that architecture was a lot more about numbers than drawing, he threw himself into kitchen roles and the knowledge that it could offer him a really creative career instead.

After working in numerous credible establishments in his early years, Fred joined Drakes in 2012 as Demi Chef de Partie, rising to Sous Chef before being promoted to Head Chef in 2016 when owner Serina Drake took full control of the business and rebranded the restaurant as The Clock House. This gave Fred the opportunity to start developing his own unique cooking style and after just one year of taking charge, he was awarded his first Michelin Star.

Fred took over as Head Chef at Coast just as the Covid pandemic started in 2020, relocating to Pembrokeshire just a week prior to the first lockdown. Although it was a challenging time for him with the restaurant closed, he used the time to explore his new home town near the restaurant. He hiked much of the coastline, learned the best places to forage, and grew his knowledge of the local area to truly understand its sense of place, ready for reopening. Since then, he’s taken Coast on an exciting journey, overseeing the full interior refurbishment of the restaurant, building his team, and developing exciting menus for all to enjoy.