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F O O D & D R I N K<br />

Delicious - and then some<br />

IN AN UNASSUMING CABIN IN THE DEPTHS OF A LOCAL GARDEN CENTRE<br />

LIES ONE OF LICHFIELD’S MOST EXCITING BESPOKE DINING EXPERIENCES,<br />

DUBBERLEY DELICIOUS, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS<br />

Some of the best inventions in life have come about<br />

by happy accident. A melted chocolate bar brought<br />

about that household staple, the microwave, while a<br />

bit of experimentation with syrup and carbonated<br />

water led to the world’s most popular fizzy drink,<br />

Coca-Cola. And it was while playing around with<br />

ideas for using up a glut of foraged wild garlic that<br />

Lichfield chef Jack Dubberley hit upon one of the<br />

most moreish snacks I’ve ever had the pleasure of<br />

enjoying; wild garlic popcorn.<br />

The aforementioned tasty treat was the first<br />

introduction we had to Jack’s impressive culinary<br />

style at Dubberley Delicious, a bespoke chef ’s table<br />

experience based in a cabin at Lichfield garden<br />

centre The Plant Plot.<br />

Yes, you heard that right, a garden centre. But don’t<br />

let the somewhat unusual surroundings fool you. One<br />

you step inside the Dubberley Delicious cabin, the<br />

stylish and cosy setting certainly lives up to its fine<br />

dining billing.<br />

Dubberley Delicious is a completely different kind<br />

of dining for Lichfield. With a single table seating up<br />

to just ten guests facing the open kitchen where chef<br />

Jack works his magic in front of your eyes, this is a<br />

chef ’s table experience - just without the rest of the<br />

restaurant.<br />

And the difference doesn’t end there. The menu<br />

is tailored to each party, meaning you can enjoy<br />

something truly bespoke. You can choose to approve<br />

the menu beforehand or, like us, be greeted with a<br />

surprise of Jack’s making. Hell, you can even choose<br />

the accompanying playlist; the evening really is<br />

yours.<br />

Jack’s passion for food, particularly seasonal and<br />

local ingredients - and foraged where possible - runs<br />

through the Dubberley Delicious ethos. Starting his<br />

professional career in the kitchen at Swinfen Hall,<br />

Jack was then a driving force behind the launch of<br />

Larder, helping the Lichfield restaurant earn two AA<br />

Rosettes before heading back to Swinfen to help the<br />

team regain their three AA Rosettes. And anyone<br />

who has dined at either of those two venues will<br />

recognise some of Jack’s delicious signatures.<br />

It was at the height of the pandemic last year that<br />

Jack decided to strike out on his own, creating<br />

delicious deli goodies and dine-at-home feasts, then<br />

offering outside barbeque dining before finally<br />

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