Our Story

The Claude Choules

Claude was born in Bridge Street, Pershore on 3 March 1901 and spent his childhood years in and around the town.  In 1915 and at the age of 14, pretending he was 16, he signed up to join the Royal Navy and to fight for his country in the first world war.

Claude was heavily decorated and led a distinguished career in the militiary which spanned over 40 years.  In 1926 he transferred to the Royal Australian Navy where he served until he retired in 1956.  He fought for his country in both world wars. Claude was married to his wife, Ethal, for 73 years and they lived and brought up their three children in Perth Australia. Right up until the end of his life he enjoyed the company of his 36 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren!

At the time of his death on 5 May 2011 and at a grand age of 110 years Claude Choules was the oldest British born man in the world.  He was the last surviving veteran to have served in both world wars.  At the time of his death Claude was the third oldest verified militiary veteran in the world, the oldest known living man in Australia and the seventh oldest living man in the world – what an achievement!

Not only did Claude live a very long life, he also filled it with service to his country, with love for his family, with involvement in his community and with being an advocate for peace and friendship – values that so many of us share with him. In recognition of his achievements the Royal Australian Navy named a landing ship after him – the HMAS Choules.  Did you also know that Pershore named a road – Choules Close – in his honour?  Claude wrote an autobiography The Last of the Last which is a really interesting read about this great man’s life.

Your food, your way, with Claude’s stamp of approval!

 

Meet The Team

We think our team are just the best and we’re sure you’ll agree! Our Front of House Manager Brett keeps things ticking over front of house. We’ve known Brett for a long time and he’s come a long way since his first day when he couldn’t pull a pint! He’s loved by colleagues and customers alike for his witty humour and charming personality. Brett’s favourite thing about Claude’s is how it offers something completely unique and he’s looking forward to it becoming the place to be! A big Marvel fan and ManUtd supporter, Brett’s assembled his team and is the perfect captain.

Liam is in charge of the kitchen and has been a chef ever since leaving school, working hard to gain Head Chef status. Liam’s wanted to be a chef his whole life and gets a real kick out of bringing people both enjoyment and happiness through his food. Liam has high expectations from his kitchen team and expects nothing less than perfection. He is an ambassador for the charity ‘The Burnt Chef Project’ to help others in the catering industry and is passionate about raising awareness of mental health. We’re delighted to have him running our kitchen and we know you’ll love his creations.

A trained mixologist, Keiran is our Assistant Manager and his favourite place to be, is behind the bar. Kieran’s a newbie but his passion for drinks and flare for providing a 5* cocktail experience makes him the perfect addition to the team. His favourite thing about Claudes is our standalone, reclaimed wooden fronted, industrial steel topped bar, and is easy to see why!

Alongside Brett, Liam and Keiran our friendly team share a commitment to providing a quality and friendly service and can’t wait to welcome you.

 

Brett

 

Liam

 

Keiran