Almost 7 years ago, my life took a drastic change, shortly before my dad passed away I had made my mind up that I was going to join the family business and become a landscape gardener, it was going to be a big change anyway going from “cheffing” to this, but then just a month later, on January 12th 2014, my life took a turn and was never going to be the same again. Overnight I had to grow up from the immature pain in the arse that I was, to a man that was going to lead the family business into what I’ve made of it today. I’ve had my ups and downs since then struggling with depression and stress, but I think (and hopefully he does) that I have tried my hardest to make it work, which it did for many years. Then when my son Parker came along I had to spend time with my family to support them in the tough times we would face, being pulled in and out of hospital constantly. Due to these family commitments I had to get rid of most of my contracts and loyal customers to be at home, keeping just 3 contracts which would be enough to keep my head afloat. Over the past 2 to 3 years I have been doing the odd shift in the kitchen which has brought back all my love for cooking and the hospitality trade, that and the fact that I have essentially knackered by back, I have made the tough decision to call it a day with S.A.Osborne Paddock and Tree Services and go back to the life I once loved. Earlier last year I made a small step into the industry by buying into Pheasant Catering Cambridge (ltd) but now the opportunity has arisen to become a joint owner and business partner of The Maids Head Ltd, a stunning country pub in the beautiful village of #Wicken near Ely. Of course it was always going to be with Calvin Holland who I have spent many services cooking with and have been very good friends with for over 10 years now. The 2 of us have the knowledge, determination and ambition to make this place an exciting 13th century pub with the best of British food. Of course I can’t do any of this without the support of my little man Parker, & my partner Shireen Higgins, my family and all of you reading this. So as we slowly get back to "normal" after the pandemic, and you find yourself driving past, stop in for a drink and some food and come and say hello.
Thanks for reading all the way to the end Lots of love see you soon hopefully Scotty.
Chef Co Owner
Having initially trained at the White Pheasant in 2005, Head Chef and Soham born & educated, Calvin Holland went on to cook at some of the UK's finest multi-rosette & Michelin Star restaurants, returning to the White Pheasant in August 2013 as Head Chef and Proprietor. Taking over the reins of The Anchor Burwell in September 2019 & here at The Maids Head Wicken just before the pandemic hit in February 2020.