Ian Webber - The Farmers Arms - Exeter Festival of Food & Drink

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Ian Webber - The Farmers Arms

Originally from Honiton, Webber’s introduction into hospitality was at the age of 17 in a local pub. He then worked as an apprentice at Combe House before going on to work in some of the UK’s finest country house hotels. Having always had a desire to use his trade as a means to travel, Ian did stints in France, Switzerland and Dublin’s five-star Merrion hotel. Ian returned to the UK in 2006 and entered the South West Chef of the Year competition which he won. Soon after, Ian became the Head Chef at the two Michelin starred Gidleigh Park under Chef Michael Caines MBE. In 2013, Ian moved to take on the role of head chef at The Five Bells Inn at Clyst Hydon where he and his team achieved a Michelin Bib Gourmand within 12 months. In September 2018, Ian took the position of Executive Chef at The Farmers Arms near Bideford after its extensive refurbishment. The pub and restaurant are the first phase of a wider ambitious rejuvenation of the village called The Woolsery Project.

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