Meet the chef - Darren McCredie, Holly Bush Inn

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 May 2014

Head Chef Darren McCredie

Head Chef Darren McCredie


Darren McCredie is head chef at the Holly Bush Inn at Makeney, a traditional and unspoilt 17th century pub

Has anyone inspired you?

My mum was my earliest inspiration as she was always trying to improve meals on a tight budget. In the cooking world, I admire Marcus Waring and the late Keith Floyd, who are both known for their ‘no nonsense’ approach. Keith was honest and passionate – no big budgets or messing about, just cooking.

What has been your most memorable dining experience?

A recent trip to our nearest Michelin star restaurant, Fischer’s at Baslow. It was a proper treat!

Who is your favourite local supplier?

Clare Burton at Whistling Walnut Foods. She has recently started up a small business and helps me to supply a greater range of products that are vegetarian and gluten-free.

Name your favourite...


Cinnamon, due to its versatility in sweet as well as savoury cooking. It works really well in North African dishes such as tagines.


Either a good hot lamb curry or a slow-cooked bolognese – real comfort food. My favourite sweet dish would always have to be tiramisu.

Derbyshire place:

Cromford Canal. My partner and I regularly walk the dog there and because the scenery and wildlife change with the seasons, it is always different.

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