A CHEF from Evesham has bounced back from being made redundant during the pandemic.

Darren Strickland, who lost his job as a chef because of the Covid restrictions, is getting ready to open ‘StirrUps’ with his best friend Stuart Bailey.

Mr Strickland had been furloughed before losing his job and going into business with Mr Bailey.

StirrUps will be opening up at the old site of the Outside Inn in Evesham town centre.

The two have been great friends for 15 years after they met while working in a kitchen together.

StirrUps started life as an idea from Stuart to run a gin bar out of a converted horsebox, but the pandemic meant the business had to evolve quickly.

Darren said: "Initially, the pandemic meant I was furloughed from my job which meant I had time to help Stuart out with StirrUps when it was a gin bar.

"But further restrictions meant events we were due to appear at got cancelled, so we turned it into a cocktail delivery service which proved very successful in Evesham.

"Sadly, when restrictions began to ease in summer 2020, I was made redundant. So Stu and I sat down over a beer in the pub to talk about the future and we saw a gap in the market."

The pair decided to turn StirrUps into a burger delivery service specifically for indulgent ‘dirty’ burgers with street-food-style chips alongside their cocktails, and created a small home-kitchen to base themselves.

StirrUps is now preparing the restaurant’s interior ready for its planned opening later this autumn, and Dan is hopeful it will attract more people into the town.

The pair were helped in securing their new HQ by Dan Walker, whose family founded Evesham flooring company Karndean.

He said: "We’re really looking forward to welcoming our first customers into the restaurant – they’ll be in for a treat.

"As soon as I tried Darren and Stuart’s burgers, I knew I needed to invest.

"It’s so great that they have turned this from a simple idea in a pub into a new restaurant for the town, which we think will be a fantastic asset for Evesham.

"We hope it attracts locals and visitors alike."

For more information, follow StirrUps at facebook.com/StirrUpsBar or on Instagram by following @stirr_ups_bar