Future unsure for Jamie Oliver restaurant in Hampshire

Daily Echo: Jamie Oliver and business partner Chris Bianco at the opening of Union Jacks in Winchester in 2012 Jamie Oliver and business partner Chris Bianco at the opening of Union Jacks in Winchester in 2012

CONFUSION surrounds the future of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Winchester.

It has been reported that Union Jacks, in the High Street, was set to close only 18 months after it opened.

Mr Oliver’s spokeswoman was reported as saying: “We are exploring various options with regard to Union Jacks.”

But staff at the branch denied its future was in doubt.

George Ashmore, assistant manager, said: “We are not closing. All we know is that I have just got a text from my manager from head office saying it’s rubbish.”

The restaurant was the second Union Jacks and opened in 2012 on the site formerly occupied by Pizza Hut. But with its ‘utilitarian’ decor and quirky toppings such as roast pork and crackling, it has had mixed reviews for its top-of-the-range pizzas, which start at £13.50.

The Daily Echo tried to contact the company head office in London but they were unavailable.

It has been reported that all four Union Jacks are to close. Three are in London.

Lotti Eagles, of the Winchester Business Improvement District, played down the news.

“As far as we understand he is shutting down all four of his Union Jacks restaurants. “We’re not sure whether he intends to put something new in that space.”

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10:08am Sat 14 Dec 13

lillylooper says...

it's far to expensive for basic grub !
it's far to expensive for basic grub ! lillylooper

3:00pm Sat 14 Dec 13

issacchunt says...

The big tongued egotistical geezers star is beginning to wain. He only picked Winchester because of the apparent wealth and footfall. Sadly not footfools for Mr Oliver.
The big tongued egotistical geezers star is beginning to wain. He only picked Winchester because of the apparent wealth and footfall. Sadly not footfools for Mr Oliver. issacchunt

5:47pm Sat 14 Dec 13

derek james says...

wish he'd disappear off the face of the earth along with ramsey, nigella lawson and all the other so-called celebrity chefs
wish he'd disappear off the face of the earth along with ramsey, nigella lawson and all the other so-called celebrity chefs derek james

6:16pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Shoong says...

issacchunt wrote:
The big tongued egotistical geezers star is beginning to wain. He only picked Winchester because of the apparent wealth and footfall. Sadly not footfools for Mr Oliver.
That's just what it is really, apparent.

Tell anyone outside of Winchester you live there and they immediately assume you are well off.

In some cases, it is true. But most, it isn't.

I've been here anyway, I was amused that the idea of 'rustic' is just unfinished walls and sparse decor.

It certainly isn't all that on the food front anyway.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: The big tongued egotistical geezers star is beginning to wain. He only picked Winchester because of the apparent wealth and footfall. Sadly not footfools for Mr Oliver.[/p][/quote]That's just what it is really, apparent. Tell anyone outside of Winchester you live there and they immediately assume you are well off. In some cases, it is true. But most, it isn't. I've been here anyway, I was amused that the idea of 'rustic' is just unfinished walls and sparse decor. It certainly isn't all that on the food front anyway. Shoong

7:08pm Sat 14 Dec 13

issacchunt says...

derek james wrote:
wish he'd disappear off the face of the earth along with ramsey, nigella lawson and all the other so-called celebrity chefs
Always room for a little Nigella in my life, did you see her turn up at Court? Must of been on diet coke I reckon.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: wish he'd disappear off the face of the earth along with ramsey, nigella lawson and all the other so-called celebrity chefs[/p][/quote]Always room for a little Nigella in my life, did you see her turn up at Court? Must of been on diet coke I reckon. issacchunt

8:22pm Sun 15 Dec 13

derek james says...

issacchunt wrote:
derek james wrote:
wish he'd disappear off the face of the earth along with ramsey, nigella lawson and all the other so-called celebrity chefs
Always room for a little Nigella in my life, did you see her turn up at Court? Must of been on diet coke I reckon.
she's hot i'll give you that
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: wish he'd disappear off the face of the earth along with ramsey, nigella lawson and all the other so-called celebrity chefs[/p][/quote]Always room for a little Nigella in my life, did you see her turn up at Court? Must of been on diet coke I reckon.[/p][/quote]she's hot i'll give you that derek james

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