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Chef finds bear necessities at rugby club

A chef has found the perfect recipe for kick-starting a business - courtesy of a barbecue, his front garden and a local rugby club.

Experienced chef Luke Wilton created his gourmet barbecue and street food venture Bear Grills in his Brockworth garden having lost his job after a spell on furlough.

And after earning a strong following, Longlevens Rugby Club offered him a home three days a week from August 13.

Passionate about high-quality, freshly-cooked food, Mr Wilton's burgers are handmade from Ben Creese country butcher's lean mince - complete with a unique blend of seasonings.

Having built a following and reputation over 11 weeks trading from his garden, planning issues saw him turn to social media for a more permanent home.

Among a string of offers was a phone call from Longlevens chairman Chris Yorke and after a visit to the club kitchen, the pair shook hands on a partnership.

Mr Wilton said: ''Longlevens Rugby Club share the same ethos and offered exactly what I was looking for, as well as a tremendous amount additional of support.

"To have the opportunity to use the facilities here and run the operation from a well-respected venue was too good to turn down. It's all happened so quickly but I can't wait to get started.''

Bear Grills will run from Thursday to Saturday at Longlevens for the foreseeable future with booking essential.

Mr Yorke said ''The pandemic has given cause for every small business to think on their feet.

"I had already heard about these amazing burgers coming out of Brockworth so when they were canvassing for a new premises, I jumped at the chance to hear more about Luke's plans.

"I am so pleased we have secured the partnership, although our director of rugby Andy Deacon might have to ration our props."

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