Hugh feels the heat over Winchester restaurant plans

Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

First published in Food News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Winchester Chief Reporter

HE is the TV chef who certainly likes a challenge.

Millions have watched Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall trying to get the European Union to change its fishing policies, taking on the supermarkets over factory farmed chicken – and even tucking into roadkill and a pate made of human placenta.

But the man behind River Cottage may have taken on his greatest test yet – opening a restaurant and deli in a quiet residential street in Hampshire.

Neighbours are already lining up to protest against the plan for historic Abbey Mill in Winchester.

They have spoken out about fears of noise pollution and traffic congestion after about 50 people were invited to a meeting at the city’s Guildhall to hear how the former mill in Colebrook Street would be converted into a River C o t t a g e Canteen and Deli.

Katie Warnes, of Colebrook Street, said: “I think it’s fair to say we are all fairly horrified. It would be slap bang in the middle of a residential street.

“It’s difficult enough to get down this road as it is but with the extra cars it will be impossible and block off emergency access.”

Guy Ashton, also of Colebrook Street, said: “There are two sensible outcomes here. Either the council decides a restaurant in Colebrook Street is not an appropriate place, or they say it is and River Cottage is a great tenant but there are a number of controls over things like the number of deliveries and customers, the times of deliveries, opening hours, outdoor seating, smells, rubbish and noise.”

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But there is local support for the plan.

John Holder, who runs Wolvesey View bed and breakfast in Colebrook Place, said: “I think it is excellent. It will be a wonderful asset for Winchester.

“I am in favour but they will have to do something about traffic. Perhaps they could treat Colebrook Street like College Street, with a barrier to stop through traffic.”

A planning application for a change of use will be made “imminently” by the city council, said a spokeswoman.

River Cottage was asked for a comment but failed to respond.

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11:52am Thu 29 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

Ninby idiots! Snob was a word for a cobbler at one stage, enough said!
Ninby idiots! Snob was a word for a cobbler at one stage, enough said! bazzeroz
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12:35pm Thu 29 Nov 12

4-front says...

Delightful lunch last Friday at River Cottage, Axmouth. Very reasonable prices, food all purchased locally, promotion of local beer and cider. Happy helpful staff. Indeed my lunch comprising pearly barley risotto and aubergine was served including an Old Winchester cheese sauce ...... yummy!!

The proposed restaurant would be an asset for Winchester and maintain the City's profile for good eateries and quality food. Good luck Hugh!!
Delightful lunch last Friday at River Cottage, Axmouth. Very reasonable prices, food all purchased locally, promotion of local beer and cider. Happy helpful staff. Indeed my lunch comprising pearly barley risotto and aubergine was served including an Old Winchester cheese sauce ...... yummy!! The proposed restaurant would be an asset for Winchester and maintain the City's profile for good eateries and quality food. Good luck Hugh!! 4-front
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3:34pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Shoong says...

Change does not come easy to the residents of the City of Winchester.

Good luck Hugh.
Change does not come easy to the residents of the City of Winchester. Good luck Hugh. Shoong
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4:53pm Thu 29 Nov 12

miltonarcher says...

On what basis do you make such a comment, evidence?

As a resident of Winchester, I live within walking distance (about 10 mins along the riverside) of the town centre. I look forward to yet another quality restaurant in this fine city, one I can walk to, excellent!
On what basis do you make such a comment, evidence? As a resident of Winchester, I live within walking distance (about 10 mins along the riverside) of the town centre. I look forward to yet another quality restaurant in this fine city, one I can walk to, excellent! miltonarcher
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5:10pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Shoong says...

miltonarcher wrote:
On what basis do you make such a comment, evidence?

As a resident of Winchester, I live within walking distance (about 10 mins along the riverside) of the town centre. I look forward to yet another quality restaurant in this fine city, one I can walk to, excellent!
I live there as well. The wheels can turn slowly, but it in the end we'll wonder what all the fuss was about.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: On what basis do you make such a comment, evidence? As a resident of Winchester, I live within walking distance (about 10 mins along the riverside) of the town centre. I look forward to yet another quality restaurant in this fine city, one I can walk to, excellent![/p][/quote]I live there as well. The wheels can turn slowly, but it in the end we'll wonder what all the fuss was about. Shoong
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5:48pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Ted Rogers says...

Simple really, residents parking only. Access on foot via the broadway car park and the car park opposite the Mercure. No drop off or pick up on colebrook street
Agreed set delivery times with penalties should the agreement be broken.
A fine addition to the culinary profile of this wonderful city should be manageable if all parties are
considerate.
Simple really, residents parking only. Access on foot via the broadway car park and the car park opposite the Mercure. No drop off or pick up on colebrook street Agreed set delivery times with penalties should the agreement be broken. A fine addition to the culinary profile of this wonderful city should be manageable if all parties are considerate. Ted Rogers
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