Why Nick and his team?
Are you sitting comfortably? Well, it all started...
In a walled garden in Launton in 1967 the fruits of a new business began. Actually it was the beginnings of a small fruit and vegetable company - a partnership between locals John Harris and Bill Hawkins. The emphasis right from those early beginnings was on purchasing and supplying the very best produce and these high standards continue today. The business soon relocated from the walled garden of Launton House to various premises around the Bicester area before finally settling at the present day site opposite The Tythe Barn. FreshGro, as it was called back then, changed to Fresh Direct in the 1980's when it became a family business for the Harris' following the departure of Mr. Hawkins.
Fresh Direct - was primarily run by John's sons Nigel and Colin - and is now an international operation supplying numerous outlets worldwide. With their roots firmly planted in the food industry it seems only natural that Nigel and Colin have gone on to develop a number of food related business' and under the umbrella of One Event Management they have created such gems as the much loved and hugely respected local pub - 'The Muddy Duck', the brilliant 'Duck's Pantry' that offers fresh, local produce to the Oxfordshire folk and 'Fresh Start' who provide 'home-cooked' meals for children within schools.
Nigel is a close friend of the Deeley family and approached Will and Emma about the possibility of creating an exclusive team of chefs who would cater solely for The Tythe Barn. There was much to consider (and many tastings to be had) before a decision was to be made. Ultimately, it was the sheer quality of the food and it's presentation together with the opportunity to involve the family farm by incorporating the Deeley lamb and beef within the menus that provided Will and Emma with their answer. Oh, and not to mention, like many of life's lovely little turns of fate, Launton House - once the home of Will's Great, Great Grandma and the walled garden where it all started just happens to be the garden where you will now see little Stan, Isaac and Florence Deeley kicking a ball, playing hide and seek or tackling daddy to the ground!