Rick Stein has revealed he will open a restaurant in Winchester just 200 yards away from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's new eaterie

Rick Stein will set up a restaurant in Winchester in the former site of Jamie Oliver's Union Jacks restaurant

Rick Stein will set up a restaurant in Winchester in the former site of Jamie Oliver's Union Jacks restaurant

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IT is like a real life version of TV favourite Ready, Steady, Cook.

Two celebrity chefs will go head to head in the battle for the hearts and minds of diners in Hampshire.

Seafood champion Rick Stein has revealed he is to open a restaurant in Winchester – just a couple of hundred yards away from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s new eaterie.

Daily Echo:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall collecting the keys for Abbey Mill from Winchester Mayor Eileen Berry

Mr Stein is taking on the High Street building vacated by Jamie Oliver’s Union Jacks, which closed in January. It could open as soon as late October.

Meanwhile, Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall is close to opening his £1m restaurant at Abbey Mill in Colebrook Street, meaning the famous cooks will be rivals within weeks.

It will be Mr Stein’s first restaurant outside Cornwall, where he has a multi-million pound business empire including restaurants, a cafe, a deli, a gift shop, a hotel and a cookery school in the village of Padstow. He has proved a divisive figure with critics dubbing the place “Padstein”.

However, his plans for Winchester have been welcomed.

Hampshire County Council economy supremo Cllr Seán Woodward said: “It is fantastic to hear that Rick Stein has chosen Winchester as the location for his next restaurant. The city has for many years been highly regarded for its food offering, as home to Europe’s biggest farmers’ market and many unique and high quality restaurants and eateries.

“The Rick Stein restaurant will be a really welcome addition to this, attracting people from far and wide to the city and wider Hampshire county.”

Daily Echo: Councillor Sean Woodward

Cllr Sean Woodward

Mr Stein added: “I love Winchester. It’s steeped in heritage, with beautiful architecture and seems to have a love of great food. Our new restaurant is about fresh fish, simply cooked. This is a big and exciting move for us, our first outside Cornwall, and we can’t wait to bring our passion for seafood to Winchester.”

Winchester has been home to other celebrity chefs including Raymond Blanc, who has a restaurant and café.

However it has not always proved a gold mine for famous foodies. In addition to the closure of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, James Martin, a former head chef when Hotel du Vin opened in 1994, owned a deli in The Square which closed in 2012.

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7:13am Wed 3 Sep 14

richieroo says...

Good luck to the pair of them it makes a change to hear about some quality establishments opening rather than McDonald's, Tesco Express or Starbucks etc!.
Good luck to the pair of them it makes a change to hear about some quality establishments opening rather than McDonald's, Tesco Express or Starbucks etc!. richieroo
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9:03am Wed 3 Sep 14

owenmahamilton says...

This is great news, I do wonder why Union Jacks didn't last though. It was pricey but Winchester is quite a rich town and there are always lots of tourists around.
This is great news, I do wonder why Union Jacks didn't last though. It was pricey but Winchester is quite a rich town and there are always lots of tourists around. owenmahamilton
  • Score: 6

11:32am Wed 3 Sep 14

boxing_nut says...

owenmahamilton wrote:
This is great news, I do wonder why Union Jacks didn't last though. It was pricey but Winchester is quite a rich town and there are always lots of tourists around.
The rent on the site is £175,000 per year plus rates so that's a hell of a lot of pizzas to sell before other costs are factored in!
[quote][p][bold]owenmahamilton[/bold] wrote: This is great news, I do wonder why Union Jacks didn't last though. It was pricey but Winchester is quite a rich town and there are always lots of tourists around.[/p][/quote]The rent on the site is £175,000 per year plus rates so that's a hell of a lot of pizzas to sell before other costs are factored in! boxing_nut
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11:53am Wed 3 Sep 14

owenmahamilton says...

boxing_nut wrote:
owenmahamilton wrote:
This is great news, I do wonder why Union Jacks didn't last though. It was pricey but Winchester is quite a rich town and there are always lots of tourists around.
The rent on the site is £175,000 per year plus rates so that's a hell of a lot of pizzas to sell before other costs are factored in!
Fair enough, I guess they didn't do much in the way of market research then.
[quote][p][bold]boxing_nut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owenmahamilton[/bold] wrote: This is great news, I do wonder why Union Jacks didn't last though. It was pricey but Winchester is quite a rich town and there are always lots of tourists around.[/p][/quote]The rent on the site is £175,000 per year plus rates so that's a hell of a lot of pizzas to sell before other costs are factored in![/p][/quote]Fair enough, I guess they didn't do much in the way of market research then. owenmahamilton
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12:16pm Wed 3 Sep 14

jonone says...

owenmahamilton wrote:
This is great news, I do wonder why Union Jacks didn't last though. It was pricey but Winchester is quite a rich town and there are always lots of tourists around.
It was a bit unusual, but it did always seem busy. We only ate there once, but would have gone back if had the chance.

Hopefully these two places will do well.
[quote][p][bold]owenmahamilton[/bold] wrote: This is great news, I do wonder why Union Jacks didn't last though. It was pricey but Winchester is quite a rich town and there are always lots of tourists around.[/p][/quote]It was a bit unusual, but it did always seem busy. We only ate there once, but would have gone back if had the chance. Hopefully these two places will do well. jonone
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1:33pm Wed 3 Sep 14

No one cares what you think says...

Don't be too dissapointed if you visit and do not see the owner. This is a business venture and not a television show. Some customers do expect to see a celebrity tv chef/journalist/self publicitist/big tongued pucka amatuer drummist/battery poultry freedom fighter.
I am against battery farming though, before I get comment lynched.
Don't be too dissapointed if you visit and do not see the owner. This is a business venture and not a television show. Some customers do expect to see a celebrity tv chef/journalist/self publicitist/big tongued pucka amatuer drummist/battery poultry freedom fighter. I am against battery farming though, before I get comment lynched. No one cares what you think
  • Score: 2

2:40pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Tallship says...

The opening of a 'celebrity' owned restaurant is that rely news worthy? Will anybody be able to eat there?
The opening of a 'celebrity' owned restaurant is that rely news worthy? Will anybody be able to eat there? Tallship
  • Score: -6

5:00pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Tallship wrote:
The opening of a 'celebrity' owned restaurant is that rely news worthy? Will anybody be able to eat there?
Typical miserable idiot comment. Why not hang yourself if everything in life is so desperately dull and meaningless to you?
[quote][p][bold]Tallship[/bold] wrote: The opening of a 'celebrity' owned restaurant is that rely news worthy? Will anybody be able to eat there?[/p][/quote]Typical miserable idiot comment. Why not hang yourself if everything in life is so desperately dull and meaningless to you? Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 2

9:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

forest hump says...

Tallship wrote:
The opening of a 'celebrity' owned restaurant is that rely news worthy? Will anybody be able to eat there?
No, not miserable people!
[quote][p][bold]Tallship[/bold] wrote: The opening of a 'celebrity' owned restaurant is that rely news worthy? Will anybody be able to eat there?[/p][/quote]No, not miserable people! forest hump
  • Score: 0

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