Chef’s Special: Taking away the strain of cooking

Craig Sherrington.
Craig Sherrington.
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A chef from Lancaster is pioneering a Lake District Christmas Day takeaway service to save people the hassle of cooking and washing up.

Former Lancaster and Morecambe College student Craig Sherrington pioneered his novel idea after a special request from a regular customer a couple of years ago.

Until now it’s been small-scale, but this year the festive takeaway will be a large operation at the General Burgoyne in Great Urswick.

Locals and many others within driving distance of the village near Ulverston will bring their own plates and take meals home covered in tin foil.

Craig, 37, said: “We didn’t set out to do this by design.

One of our regulars was having a lot of his family over for Christmas a couple of years ago and he asked us if we’d cook it.

“People heard about it and we started getting requests, we did a few last year, just for people who asked us.

“This year we’re having to put a limit of 70 on the number we do, otherwise it will get out of hand.”

The General Burgoyne is a top destination for food lovers and is in both the Good Food Guide and the AA Pub Guide 2014.

The takeaways are priced at £15, and the pub will be open from noon until 4pm so villagers can catch up with their neighbours before heading home for lunch.

Craig added: “I’m sure there will be a few people who come to pick up their dinner and stop for a pint.

“I think it’s nice for village pubs to open for a couple of hours on Christmas Day.

“But we’re definitely shutting at 4pm, we’ve got family coming round.”