Andy Waters

Andy Waters

Andy Waters

He left in 2012 for his next venture, The Queens in Belbroughton, set in a beautiful village on the outskirts of Stourbridge near Birmingham. Andy Waters has now returned to his roots, moving away from forays into molecular gastronomy and back to the classically executed British comfort food of his training. This sixteenth century pub, which he took over in partnership with business partner Jim Dricoll, offered dishes such as Roasted guinea fowl with beetroot, ginger and thyme and Gigot of monkfish with tomato and pepper sauce, and to finish, an elegant Lemon soufflé with lime sorbet or a gently nostalgic Black Forest gâteau. Only a little more than a year after opening, they were awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in the 2014 Guide. The Queens closed its doors in 2019.

Buoyed by the success of The Queens, in 2013 they opened a second restaurant, Waters on the Square in Edgbaston, just two doors down from his old workplace The Bay Tree. A relaxed, modern British bistro, Andy cooked classical cuisine with his own creative touches. Describing the appeal of the food at this venue, one food guide said: ‘The menu emphasises superior ingredients, showcasing imaginative cooking of the highest standard and at very good value.’

Andy closed Waters on The Square to open next venture – Waters Restaurant – in November 2015 at Resorts World Birmingham, serving diners British classics with a twist in a stylish and comfortable setting. The chef parted ways with Resorts World in 2019 citing creative differences, and is currently taking a break before embarking on the next chapter in his career.

Three things you need to know

Andy pours a lot of energy into developing young chefs in the Midlands, hiring many from University College Birmingham and helping to train them in his restaurants.

Andy's wife Beverley also works in his restaurants, handling the front of house for the whole group.

During his time at Simpsons, Andy worked alongside another Great British Chef, Luke Tipping – the pair made Simpsons one of the best restaurants in the country.