The Trouble House...
is based on the creative partnership of Sally David and Mariusz Dziamski, ably supported by their respective partners Tim and Monika. Sally bakes our exceptional cakes, desserts and patisserie while Mariusz creates menus of classic English dishes with a European twist, all served by the friendly TH team.
Sally and Mariusz teamed up to run the Trouble House in Autumn 2013 bringing with them a wealth of experience from previous roles, and re-opened as a Café Bar Restaurant on 23rd January 2014. The first three years have surpassed all expectations, so a huge thank you to all of you from all of us for your continued enthusiasm and company at the Trouble House, we look forward to seeing you all again very soon!
Trouble House patron Sally has been cooking for more years than she likes to count. Trained at the Tante Marie Cookery School, she honed her skills at English country houses, then the Cayman Islands before returning to the Cotswolds where she set up Sally’s Kitchen in Cirencester, over 20 years ago.
Her next step was large event catering, which was followed by setting up and running The Kitchen, an award winning café in Minchinhampton.
After selling The Kitchen she has kept herself busy as a front of house manager at a top Wedding venue, co -writing two best selling cookery books for Waitrose with her close friend and colleague Annie.
Over the years Sally has mastered her cake decorating skills to a very high level, keeping up to date with the latest styles and techniques.
Her true passion lies in baking.
Sally lives in Avening, near Tetbury with husband Tim and has two daughters.
Chef patron Mariusz entered the profession straight from school in 1988 and trained extensively in Poland for 7 years, which culminated in his winning the national ‘Regional Dishes’ competition in 2003 and being awarded a European Diploma in Hotel Management and Catering the following year in 2004.
Mariusz initially came to England for a 1 year placement at Calcot Manor near Tetbury as part of his Diploma, however he stayed on and worked for Calcot (previously Williams’) Kitchens as one of their leading event chefs for 10 years. He gained invaluable experience at the hotel and at numerous events in some of Gloucestershire’s best known venues such as Highgrove and Westonbirt Arboretum, and at some of the county’s best loved events, including the International Air Tattoo.
Mariusz indulges his passion and flair for cooking by continually experimenting with different ingredients, flavours and dishes and has realised a lifelong dream to run his own restaurant kitchen at the Trouble House.
Our Food Charter
The quality and provenance of the food and drinks we serve is crucially important to us, so Sally and Mariusz source all their ingredients from local producers and suppliers who they know and trust - see a list of the Trouble House food friends below.
We want to share our love of the wonderful quality of produce in the south west and of beautifully cooked English food, and also introduce you to the special European flavours running through all our dishes.
The Trouble House food friends are:
- Meat & Poultry - Woodchester Meats, Taylors of Minchinhampton
- Fishmongers – New Wave Seafood, Fairford
- Vegetables – home grown in the summer and from various local suppliers.
- Eggs - Sherston Eggs
- Bread – Hobbs House Bakery
- Flour - Shipton Mill Flours
- Ice creams – Dolcetti, Cirencester
- Wines – Thomas Panton, Tetbury, Vinotopia, Tetbury, Woodchester Valley Vineyard.
- Draught ale - Uley Brewery
- Cotswold lager - Cotswold Brewing Co - Bourton on the water
- Coffee – Rave, Cirencester