Nick Beardsley and Christophe Coquoin started the Cotswold Food Club in 1993 at the Old Fleece, a former coaching inn and posting house that they transformed into a buzzing bar and restaurant. More than twenty years later they have built up a thriving business and added three more venues to their portfolio - the Old Lodge, Foston’s Ash and The Britannia - each of which offers a unique experience whilst sticking to Nick and Christophe’s ethos of offering high quality, locally sourced food and drink in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Nick trained at Cheltenham Park Hotel before moving on to pub and beer cellar training with Young’s Brewery at the Horse and Groom in Hampstead. He went on to start his own business building up a small chain of wine bars on London’s South Bank and followed this with a career in property management and construction.
After completing his Baccalauréat in his native Normandy, Christophe attended the Academy Des Beaus Arts, studying fine art and supplementing his income by designing and building sets at the Theatre of Cherbourg. An early career in catering followed, learning different cuisines in France, the Middle East and Caribbean.
Nick and Christophe are both passionate about produce and that is sourced locally in the Cotswolds, an area abundant with high quality, independent producers, including their own farm.