BEEFY'S Player's Special 

We are excited to launch the Player's Special at BEEFY'S Restaurant by Lord Botham. This concept pairs perfectly the delectable tastes of BEEFY'S with the unique setting within the heart of The Ageas Bowl cricket ground.

The BEEFY'S Executive Head Chef and restaurant team had the pleasure of sitting down and interviewing members of the Hampshire Cricket Men's team and the Southern Vipers Women's team to discuss their favourite meals, why they chose them for their Player's Special and what they hope our guests will enjoy about it. Each month, from April, will be dedicated to one of our players and their delicious food options. 

As part of Hampshire Cricket's Membership Additional Benefits, 2022 members are entitled to a 10% discount from food, applicable Monday - Thursday.


May's Player Special - Ross Whiteley

We continue our Player’s Special at BEEFY’S with Hampshire’s hard-hitting left-hand batter Ross Whiteley.

Ross Whiteley is a hard-hitting, left-handed batter who joined the Hampshire team in 2021 on a three-year white-ball contract following an impressive T20 and Domestic One-Day career with Worcestershire. He joins Hampshire with a reputation as a dangerous boundary-hitting batter, having been selected for The Ageas Bowl based Southern Brave for The Hundred in 2021 and again for the 2022 season.


May's Players’ Special choice - Honey Glazed Ham Hock

To create Ross’s signature dish, our BEEFY’S Executive Chef sourced local ham hock supplied by local farm R Owtons. The ham hock is then steamed for two hours, until tender, then coated in a honey glaze and placed in the oven.

Before serving, the ham hock is plated with a pea and tarragon puree, potato and whole-grain mustard croquet and is served with a jug of red wine sauce. This dish is a real meat eaters’ feast.


Explore the menu through the button below, or take in our interview with Ross himself.


An Interview with Ross Whiteley

Q: Your Player's Special selection is a Honey Glazed Ham Hock. Do you have a special reason or memory that influenced your choice? 

A: This dish is something I strongly associate with special occasions and fond memories. I remember having ham hock with my family and when I am eating at a restaurant, it is something I always look for on a menu. 

Q: When was the last time you were able to enjoy this dish?

A:  The last time I remember, it was 2 years ago. My partner and I were up North, had just been on a lovely walk and were settled in a pub. I saw it on the menu and it was an obvious choice for me. It was such an enjoyable meal, paired with a nice day with my partner, which made the occasion a memorable one.  

Q: What do you hope the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy about your Player's Special?

A: I hope that the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy the amazing tastes of the ham hock, and that it will bring them good memories.

April's Player Special - Ben Brown

We kick off our Player's Special at BEEFY'S with Hampshire's right-hand bat and wicketkeeper Ben Brown. 

Ben Brown - a new signing for the 2022 season from local-rivals Sussex - is Hampshire’s wicket-keeper batter and was one of the County Championship’s standout performers in 2021.


April's Players’ Special choice - Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder

To create Ben's chosen dish, our BEEFY'S Executive Chef slowly braised the lamb before rolling and allowed it to cool. The lamb was then cut, crisped and finished in the oven. Explore the full menu through the button below, or take in our interview with Ben himself. 

Read our interview with him and explore our menu below. 


An Interview with Ben Brown

Q: Your Player's Special selection is a Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder. Do you have a special reason or memory that influenced your choice? 

A: My mother cooks an amazing lamb roast. My wife and sister have both given up lamb, meaning I am unable to eat it as frequently as I would like at home, so I thought it would be a good dish to choose for my player’s special. This meal has a strong association with birthdays and special events, so it draws nice memories. As it was always my favourite, my mother knew to make it for me. 

Q: When was the last time you were able to enjoy this dish?

A: Unfortunately, since my wife and sister no longer eat lamb, there has been a "lamb ban" so I don't eat it so regularly. Whilst celebrating my birthday in November, my mother cooked the family a roast and, as the birthday boy, I was lucky enough to be served a single portion of my favourite. 

Q: What do you hope the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy about your Player's Special?

A: I think that the meal was delicious, it was fresh, light and I was very impressed with the summery take on a traditionally "winter" meal.