My Favourite Places: Adam Simmonds
7th Aug 2012
Adam Simmonds is the head chef at Danesfield House, Marlow. His eponymous restaurant within the hotel has been awarded a Michelin star for the second year running.
The Spade Oak, Bourne End
Being a chef is stressful but at the moment there’s more pressure than usual because we’re working so hard at retaining the Michelin star for 2012. So when I do have time off, I like to chill out and enjoy myself. It’s fun eating at other people’s restaurants, but I go for pleasure, not to critique or complain. I always enjoy coming for dinner at the Spade Oak, as it’s very relaxed and the steak is really good.
Taplow Board & Ski, Maidenhead
I’ve been wakeboarding here for two years now and I love it. It’s brilliant for releasing tension. Wakeboarding is my summer version of snowboarding, though I haven’t been as much as I’d like this year because of the awful weather. I go on my own but I’m very sociable – honestly, I can talk to a table leg – so I usually meet people over the pool table afterwards.
Gatsby & Daisy boutique, Marlow
I’ve been head chef at Danesfield House for six years now and work insane hours so I tend to do most of my shopping locally in Marlow. I’m into my fashion but don’t like to follow the crowd and Gatsby & Daisy boutique in Marlow is brilliant for finding something a bit more individual. The guy who owns it is really knowledgeable about fashion and he’s a laugh too.
The White Oak, Cookham
This is a regular haunt of mine. I often come for Sunday lunch with my sister and nephew, or for a drink witha dolly bird – can I say that?! There’s a nice garden out the back and a relaxed vibe.
When I get time off, I love going to Shoreditch in London. My family came from the area so I feel a connection with it. I love the whole vibe – I can’t stand airs and graces but there’s no pomposity here. It’s very raw and young. I’m 41 now, but in London I can behave like a child and I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of that.