Freddy and Nessa Bird


Freddy Bird was born and raised in Bristol and is Chef Patron of the critically acclaimed little- french in Westbury Village and the recently opened 1 York Place in Clifton Village. Freddy is considered one of Bristol’s most popular and established chefs and with wife Nessa, the dynamic husband and wife team have become renowned for their informal yet elegant style of hospitality.

Freddy and Nessa launched littlefrench in 2019, followed by Little Shop in 2020 and are behind the brands Menendez & Bird Oil, Birdhouse Gin and Buxton & Bird Pies, which supplies Bristol Stadium. 1 York Place opened in December 2023 and is a cosy and welcoming bistro with a menu visiting all corners of the European continent.

Freddy first trained at the renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland before embarking on his career in London; first working at 2 Michelin star restaurant The Square with Philip Howard and then for several years at the award-winning Moro with Sam & Sam Clark. In 2008 Freddy returned to the West Country to launch the restaurant at the Lido Bristol which became a Bristol stalwart. He then successfully launched its sister site the Thames Lido restaurant in Reading in 2018 .

Freddy is a regular to our TV screens with numerous ap- pearances on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen with Matt Tebbutt and in 2017 he appeared with Michelle Roux Jr on the BBC television show Hidden Restaurants, as co-presenter. In 2020 BBC’s Remarkable Places to Eat programme show- cased Bristol’s incredible food scene and hosts Fred Sirieix and Michel Roux Jr spotlighted littlefrench, spending time cooking with Freddy and tasting highlights from the menu.

Nessa Bird’s background was in PR, marketing and events before working with Freddy. Since launching their various projects, the couple have found a natural allegiance in hospitality, offering them the perfect opportunity to bring their love of hosting people together