The Bradley Hare was born out of a collaboration of multidisciplinary minds; in conjunction with the Duke of Somerset’s estate, James and Andrew worked towards the mutual goal of building an inn that is at the heart of the village and the local community. The Bradley Hare aims to stay true to the roots of the building, creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where locals can meet and mix with the inn’s guests.
Born and raised in West London, Jake Shantos cut his teeth working in some of the finest food establishments in the city. Starting at the renowned Havelock Tavern in Brook Green, a leader in the gastro-pub movement, Jake studied a plethora of disciplines in award-winning kitchens in London.
After establishing a market-based business that began trading in Portobello market, Jake took on the position of Senior Sous Chef at the famed Ladbroke Arms in Notting Hill, where he was able to experiment with his ideas and develop his distinctive cookery style.
In 2019, Jake swapped London for Somerset to gain a deeper understanding of the raw ingredients that are crucial to his cooking. Following stints at the Fat Radish and The Botanical Rooms at The Newt, Jake was appointed Head Chef at The Bradley Hare, where his boundless passion and expertise are poured into every dish.
Ben began his career in the food industry by completing a course at Leiths school of cookery, where he coincidentally met Jake, who he would later employ as Head Chef at The Bradley Hare. Following an enjoyable stint working in a 2AA rosette kitchen, Ben made the move from the kitchen to the restaurant floor, putting his charming personality to good use.
After working as a restaurant manager for a number of years, Ben moved to High Road House before taking on the exciting opportunity to return to Somerset and join the team at Babington House, Soho House’s exclusive country retreat.
In 2020, Ben was introduced to the team behind the Bradley Hare and, despite several spells of Covid lockdowns, he volunteered his services to create the best pub in the South West of England — The Bradley Hare.