Chef Mark Stinchcombe is one half of the culinary couple behind the extraordinary Eckington Manor.

His love of food began while he was at school and entered the kitchens of the acclaimed Royal Crescent in Bath while on work experience at only 16 years of age. 

From there he moved on to Ston Easton Park in Somerset, where he served for two years and began to learn how to create menus by using local and seasonal produce.  At Michelin starred Driftwood in Cornwall, under the tutelage of Chef Chris Eden, Mark began to hone his fine dining skills before departing to ski slopes for a season of well-deserved youthful fun!

On returning to the UK, Mark undertook training stages in some of the most prestigious kitchens in the world, including The Fat Duck, Le Manoir and The Square. Following this, he started working at Lucknam Park, under Chef Hywell Jones. It was at Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, where he stayed for 2 ½ years, that Mark added classic French cuisine to his burgeoning craft.

Mark met his future wife and co-chef, Sue, while at Le Champignon Sauvage and together they travelled to Australia, Thailand and New Zealand, on a gastronomic culinary adventure.

Together, Mark and Sue excite guests and visitors with their seasonal menus and recipes developed using produce from Eckington Manor’s award winning farm, orchard, vegetable and herb gardens.