Have Knives, Will Travel

I have nearly 30 years restaurant experience, not only cooking in my own restaurant but in France, Australia and London.

I am able to create a personal menu for you, whether in your own home or a large marquee wedding. Together with my professional team, we are able to provide those restaurant qualities of an eye for a detail, emphasis on flavour and provenance of produce.

I am also very proud of my most recent venture – Peter’s Pickles which was awarded a gold two-star Great Taste Award in 2013.


A bit more about me, kindly written by Frances Hopewell-Smith

‘Peter Harrison is a rare gem of a chef – quiet, self-effacing and genuinely talented.  His determination to work as a chef at an early age saw him write to twenty restaurants in the French Michelin Guide. He was eventually offered a job as the lowliest employee (an ‘estage’) at Marc Veyrats 3 star restuarant Auberge de L’Eridan in Annecy. On his one day off he worked at a local boulangerie and dedicated his time to learning everything and anything he could.

In the 90s Peter worked for Alastair Little at his eponymous restaurant in Soho before becoming head chef at Sonny’s in Barnes. In 1998 Peter was lured away from the capital to a special and unique restaurant in the Suffolk countryside, The Leaping Hare near Bury St Edmunds. The wealth of local produce available opened up a whole new experience for him and he drew loyal customers to the restaurant from miles around.

Two years later, Peter took the plunge and opened his own restaurant in Kelsale, Suffolk and straight away Harrison’s was an award-winning hit.  The thatched, beamed building was crammed with diners for five years, before Peter decided to take a break and have family sabbatical in Australia.

Today Peter is back in Suffolk where he cooks privately for his loyal fans and until recently worked with Lawson’s Delicatessen in Aldeburgh which won UK Deli of the Year in 2010.  He knows the area well and revels in the abundance of good local produce at his disposal. Nowadays he says that his inspiration comes more and more from the countryside around him and he regularly harvests wild vegetation to enhance deliciously new and exciting dishes.’

Frances Hopewell-Smith is a contributing writer on Suffolk Magazine. www.sharpielife.com