Chef cooks up special treat

  • 18 December, 2023
  • On the pier


chef cooked up a special treat for those visiting Clacton Pier.

head chef Jon Fraser created a giant gingerbread house which has been placed
outside Santa’s grotto.

house was made from 120 eggs, 20 kilos of gingerbread, 16 kilos of icing sugar
and was decorated with sweets.

took two days to build and the gingerbread biscuits were created in the

previously owned the Hat and Mouse Restaurant in Frinton’s Connaught Avenue,
has cooked for Royalty and is a Michelin rated chef. He has also worked with a
World Royal President of Chefs.

Pier communications manager Nigel Brown said the house created plenty of
interest, especially with children at the weekend.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Jon’s talent and experience
working with us and he is a real asset to the business,” he added.

“It is the first time that we have had anything like the gingerbread
house and he has promised one double the size for next year.

“Jon also cooked us an excellent staff Christmas lunch which was a real

Santa’s grotto continues at the pier until December 24 and there will be
a Boxing Day sale which runs until December 31.

As part of the sale annual rides passes will cost £39.99, instead of
£49.99, and an Arctic Explorer Band will be available at £9.99, normal cost

The band can be bought during the sale and used anytime up to February
half term.

All details of offers and activities can be found at


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