Ocean Deck: new chef aims to offer good food, served really well

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 March 2018

Ocean in Exmouth. Ref exf 08-18TI 8051. Picture: Terry Ife

Ocean in Exmouth. Ref exf 08-18TI 8051. Picture: Terry Ife


With its views across the Exe estuary and out to sea, the new chef at Ocean Deck, in Exmouth, is looking to capitalise on the restaurant’s unique situation.

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James Wragg, 32, who lives in Exmouth, is aiming high when it comes to creating a new menu to help re-launch what is on offer at the venue.

James is looking to offer good quality food, served well, using fresh, local ingredients.

He said: “There is some brilliant produce available in this area, such as Exmouth Mussels and Green Valley Cyder.

“Exmouth needs more destination restaurants to bring people into the town and that is what I am aiming to develop at Ocean Deck.

The view from Ocean in Exmouth. Ref exf 08-18TI 8070. Picture: Terry IfeThe view from Ocean in Exmouth. Ref exf 08-18TI 8070. Picture: Terry Ife

“I want people to be able to enjoy the view, the drink and the food.”

James is still in the process of creating the menu but he intends to offer a range of good quality options, including daily specials, which will rely on seasonal produce.

He is aiming to offer main meals at a cost of between £10 and £17, with a three-course meal in the region of £30.

He said: “We intend to offer a high quality experience, in a relaxed atmosphere – good quality food and good service.”

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Before taking on the role of head chef at Ocean Deck, James has built up his experience at the independent South Beach restaurant, where he was sous chef, as well as Las Iguanas, which has outlets across the country, and Stable, which is a smaller chain.

In each role he has learned new skills and he said his new position will allow him to bring all his experiences together to benefit the customers.

Ocean Deck will continue to offer a daytime menu but will also be providing dinner time menu for the evening and its development will respond to the demand of customers.

In line with its name, the décor at Ocean Deck focuses strongly on the maritime world, both in terms of the art around the walls and in the colour scheme and architectural forms.

James said: “I am really excited about this. Exmouth needs its own destination venues.

“I want it to be relaxed and cool – so if you are thinking about going out on a Friday night, 
you would choose to go to the Deck and you would know that you would be getting a good meal.”

Although it will be officially opening on Good Friday, it will also be open on Mother’s Day for a carvery.

Priced at £11.95 per head, there will be three meats on offer and three sittings – noon, 2pm and 4pm – and should it be successful, the offer could be extended to other occasions.

Booking for the Mother’s Day carvery is essential, so to make your booking, call 01395 266500.

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