Jamie Oliver closes Union Jacks restaurant in Winchester

Jamie Oliver, left, at the opening of Union Jacks in Winchester in 2012, with business partner Chris Bianco

Jamie Oliver, left, at the opening of Union Jacks in Winchester in 2012, with business partner Chris Bianco

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

JAMIE Oliver's Union Jacks restaurant in Hampshire has closed its doors for the last time.

The pizzeria, High Street, in Winchester, which served toppings such as pork crackling, closed over the weekend.

Signage outside has been removed, and a notice was placed in the window.

The news confirms the reports in the Daily Echo last autumn that the restaurant on the High Street was set to close. It was denied at the time.

The notice reads: “The Jamie Oliver group has decided to close its Unions Jacks restaurants in Chiswick, Holborn and Winchester.

“After a full review it was concluded that these businesses were no longer sustainable in the current challenging climate. All our amazing staff have been fully consulted and we very much hope that we can transfer them to other restaurants within the group.

“We would like to thank all of our fantastic customers for their support, and apologise if we have caused you any inconvenience today.

“Union Jacks in the Piazza in Covent Garden, London, remains fully operational and we would love to welcome you there.”

A spokesman for Oliver said: ''The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has made the decision to close three of the Union Jacks restaurants.

''After a full review it was concluded that the businesses in Winchester, Chiswick and Holborn were no longer sustainable in the current challenging climate. The Union Jacks site in the Piazza in Covent Garden is trading well and will remain fully operational.

''The group is confident in being able to deliver a robust performance in 2014 and is looking forward to a number of restaurant openings, in the UK and internationally. This will include developing the successful Trattoria model which is doing well in its first location in Richmond.''

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10:19am Tue 28 Jan 14

issacchunt says...

Bubbles burst for the big tongued berk. So overpriced, deliberatly opened in Winchester in the misinformed hope everyone there was rich or a tourist. Back to London then!
Bubbles burst for the big tongued berk. So overpriced, deliberatly opened in Winchester in the misinformed hope everyone there was rich or a tourist. Back to London then! issacchunt
  • Score: -281

10:20am Tue 28 Jan 14

SotonPoppy says...

Not surprising ref Winchester. Three of us tried to have a meal in December. Were seated. Ignored for 40 minutes. Asked for menu. No-one took our order. Went to till, asked if someone would come and take our order. Left after an hour of being ignored by waiting staff who weren't exactly rushed off their feet!
Not surprising ref Winchester. Three of us tried to have a meal in December. Were seated. Ignored for 40 minutes. Asked for menu. No-one took our order. Went to till, asked if someone would come and take our order. Left after an hour of being ignored by waiting staff who weren't exactly rushed off their feet! SotonPoppy
  • Score: -62

11:08am Tue 28 Jan 14

elvisimo says...

issacchunt wrote:
Bubbles burst for the big tongued berk. So overpriced, deliberatly opened in Winchester in the misinformed hope everyone there was rich or a tourist. Back to London then!
yep the bubbles burst - just sold franchise rights abroad for a few million and opening another 10 Jamies Italians over the next year - what an idiot. Those "London" sites he has in er Aberdeen, Leeds and Norwich must be really struggling...
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Bubbles burst for the big tongued berk. So overpriced, deliberatly opened in Winchester in the misinformed hope everyone there was rich or a tourist. Back to London then![/p][/quote]yep the bubbles burst - just sold franchise rights abroad for a few million and opening another 10 Jamies Italians over the next year - what an idiot. Those "London" sites he has in er Aberdeen, Leeds and Norwich must be really struggling... elvisimo
  • Score: 12

11:11am Tue 28 Jan 14

derek james says...

look out for some jamie oliver cookware going cheap
look out for some jamie oliver cookware going cheap derek james
  • Score: 13

11:11am Tue 28 Jan 14

derek james says...

elvisimo wrote:
issacchunt wrote:
Bubbles burst for the big tongued berk. So overpriced, deliberatly opened in Winchester in the misinformed hope everyone there was rich or a tourist. Back to London then!
yep the bubbles burst - just sold franchise rights abroad for a few million and opening another 10 Jamies Italians over the next year - what an idiot. Those "London" sites he has in er Aberdeen, Leeds and Norwich must be really struggling...
see how long they last!
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Bubbles burst for the big tongued berk. So overpriced, deliberatly opened in Winchester in the misinformed hope everyone there was rich or a tourist. Back to London then![/p][/quote]yep the bubbles burst - just sold franchise rights abroad for a few million and opening another 10 Jamies Italians over the next year - what an idiot. Those "London" sites he has in er Aberdeen, Leeds and Norwich must be really struggling...[/p][/quote]see how long they last! derek james
  • Score: 2

11:29am Tue 28 Jan 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

I went when it first opened, never went back on account of service, price, portion size and quality
I went when it first opened, never went back on account of service, price, portion size and quality There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
  • Score: 16

11:34am Tue 28 Jan 14

miltonarcher says...

I see the Trolls are out in force. I wonder why this story has attracted so many cretins. Aaaaaah of course, silly me, they are sad individuals who are jealous of anybody who is successful.
I see the Trolls are out in force. I wonder why this story has attracted so many cretins. Aaaaaah of course, silly me, they are sad individuals who are jealous of anybody who is successful. miltonarcher
  • Score: 292

12:01pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sparkster says...

well said miltonarcher, at least Jamie 0liver has been to schools to try and get kds to eat healthily, I'd sooner have Jamie than some chefs i.e. Gordon Ramsay whose every other wor seem to start with f.
well said miltonarcher, at least Jamie 0liver has been to schools to try and get kds to eat healthily, I'd sooner have Jamie than some chefs i.e. Gordon Ramsay whose every other wor seem to start with f. sparkster
  • Score: 37

12:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

elvisimo says...

sparkster wrote:
well said miltonarcher, at least Jamie 0liver has been to schools to try and get kds to eat healthily, I'd sooner have Jamie than some chefs i.e. Gordon Ramsay whose every other wor seem to start with f.
agreed. The guy has done very well. lots of "green eyed" people on here.....
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: well said miltonarcher, at least Jamie 0liver has been to schools to try and get kds to eat healthily, I'd sooner have Jamie than some chefs i.e. Gordon Ramsay whose every other wor seem to start with f.[/p][/quote]agreed. The guy has done very well. lots of "green eyed" people on here..... elvisimo
  • Score: 104

12:20pm Tue 28 Jan 14

alan.of.eastleigh says...

sparkster wrote:
well said miltonarcher, at least Jamie 0liver has been to schools to try and get kds to eat healthily, I'd sooner have Jamie than some chefs i.e. Gordon Ramsay whose every other wor seem to start with f.
Oh the irony. Your comments about Gordon Ramsey are no more objective than the comments your so called trolls have offered up. In reality the mix of pros and cons give a decent enough summary of the situation. I was more informed by the quality of the service though. The closure has little to do with the owner and more to do with local management and quality.

Not sure how your respect for healthy eating from Jamie reconciles with the pork scratchings he had on the menu though lol.
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: well said miltonarcher, at least Jamie 0liver has been to schools to try and get kds to eat healthily, I'd sooner have Jamie than some chefs i.e. Gordon Ramsay whose every other wor seem to start with f.[/p][/quote]Oh the irony. Your comments about Gordon Ramsey are no more objective than the comments your so called trolls have offered up. In reality the mix of pros and cons give a decent enough summary of the situation. I was more informed by the quality of the service though. The closure has little to do with the owner and more to do with local management and quality. Not sure how your respect for healthy eating from Jamie reconciles with the pork scratchings he had on the menu though lol. alan.of.eastleigh
  • Score: -79

12:38pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Brusher Mills says...

It's a shame but pricy for pizza even if it was nice. the Trattoria is Richmond is good lets hope that opens in it's place.
It's a shame but pricy for pizza even if it was nice. the Trattoria is Richmond is good lets hope that opens in it's place. Brusher Mills
  • Score: -6

12:42pm Tue 28 Jan 14

kiddynamite says...

The usual miserable Southampton mob hating on everyone and everything. Get a life you Salads!!!
The usual miserable Southampton mob hating on everyone and everything. Get a life you Salads!!! kiddynamite
  • Score: 76

12:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sburman says...

All theseTV chefs are the same, pushing fancy foods as an overpaid art form when most of us just want something to eat ( has anyone seen a cooking program that show you how to cook a decent Pasty or a steak & kidney pie with suet pastry).

Far, far too many TV. chefs around making Far,Far, Far too many cooking programs using far too many ingredient that I, for one, would never eat.
All theseTV chefs are the same, pushing fancy foods as an overpaid art form when most of us just want something to eat ( has anyone seen a cooking program that show you how to cook a decent Pasty or a steak & kidney pie with suet pastry). Far, far too many TV. chefs around making Far,Far, Far too many cooking programs using far too many ingredient that I, for one, would never eat. sburman
  • Score: -103

12:52pm Tue 28 Jan 14

newsknight says...

We went to this restaurant for our Christmas Meal as a group - Saturday evening before Chirstmas, 3 courses £22 each - food quality and portion sizes brilliant, as was the service! Other restaurants hike their prices (particularly for Saturday night pre-Christmas) but Union Jacks did not follow this trend of other establishments. I think its a shame, but no wonder, with some of the comments placed here - best off servicing the London crowd then ...
We went to this restaurant for our Christmas Meal as a group - Saturday evening before Chirstmas, 3 courses £22 each - food quality and portion sizes brilliant, as was the service! Other restaurants hike their prices (particularly for Saturday night pre-Christmas) but Union Jacks did not follow this trend of other establishments. I think its a shame, but no wonder, with some of the comments placed here - best off servicing the London crowd then ... newsknight
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Tue 28 Jan 14

murfmeister says...

winchester extremely overpriced for all food establishments!
winchester extremely overpriced for all food establishments! murfmeister
  • Score: -156

2:54pm Tue 28 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

miltonarcher wrote:
I see the Trolls are out in force. I wonder why this story has attracted so many cretins. Aaaaaah of course, silly me, they are sad individuals who are jealous of anybody who is successful.
The Echo morons love a bit of schadenfraude.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: I see the Trolls are out in force. I wonder why this story has attracted so many cretins. Aaaaaah of course, silly me, they are sad individuals who are jealous of anybody who is successful.[/p][/quote]The Echo morons love a bit of schadenfraude. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 85

3:10pm Tue 28 Jan 14

elvisimo says...

sburman wrote:
All theseTV chefs are the same, pushing fancy foods as an overpaid art form when most of us just want something to eat ( has anyone seen a cooking program that show you how to cook a decent Pasty or a steak & kidney pie with suet pastry).

Far, far too many TV. chefs around making Far,Far, Far too many cooking programs using far too many ingredient that I, for one, would never eat.
so a diet of pasties and suet pastry - hmm long healthy life ahead of you....
[quote][p][bold]sburman[/bold] wrote: All theseTV chefs are the same, pushing fancy foods as an overpaid art form when most of us just want something to eat ( has anyone seen a cooking program that show you how to cook a decent Pasty or a steak & kidney pie with suet pastry). Far, far too many TV. chefs around making Far,Far, Far too many cooking programs using far too many ingredient that I, for one, would never eat.[/p][/quote]so a diet of pasties and suet pastry - hmm long healthy life ahead of you.... elvisimo
  • Score: -1

3:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

03alpe01 says...

A bit much on the comments isn't it? one comment gets -159 and another +86 whilst most get a couple of plus and minuses each way?
A bit much on the comments isn't it? one comment gets -159 and another +86 whilst most get a couple of plus and minuses each way? 03alpe01
  • Score: 4

3:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

townieboy says...

Jamie Oliver is not re cognised as a serious cook in his field. How many awards ie Michelin Stars has he got ? NONE IS THE ANSWER.
Jamie Oliver is not re cognised as a serious cook in his field. How many awards ie Michelin Stars has he got ? NONE IS THE ANSWER. townieboy
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sburman says...

elvisimo wrote:
sburman wrote:
All theseTV chefs are the same, pushing fancy foods as an overpaid art form when most of us just want something to eat ( has anyone seen a cooking program that show you how to cook a decent Pasty or a steak & kidney pie with suet pastry).

Far, far too many TV. chefs around making Far,Far, Far too many cooking programs using far too many ingredient that I, for one, would never eat.
so a diet of pasties and suet pastry - hmm long healthy life ahead of you....
You have do die from something so it might as well be something you enjoy. Besides `healthy` food dosen't reaaly make you live longer it just seems liike it
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sburman[/bold] wrote: All theseTV chefs are the same, pushing fancy foods as an overpaid art form when most of us just want something to eat ( has anyone seen a cooking program that show you how to cook a decent Pasty or a steak & kidney pie with suet pastry). Far, far too many TV. chefs around making Far,Far, Far too many cooking programs using far too many ingredient that I, for one, would never eat.[/p][/quote]so a diet of pasties and suet pastry - hmm long healthy life ahead of you....[/p][/quote]You have do die from something so it might as well be something you enjoy. Besides `healthy` food dosen't reaaly make you live longer it just seems liike it sburman
  • Score: 8

6:48pm Tue 28 Jan 14

MisterTom says...

What do you expect "crap in crap out"- I rather have lunch at "Buddy's Diner" the best burgers in town
What do you expect "crap in crap out"- I rather have lunch at "Buddy's Diner" the best burgers in town MisterTom
  • Score: 2

7:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

issacchunt says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
I see the Trolls are out in force. I wonder why this story has attracted so many cretins. Aaaaaah of course, silly me, they are sad individuals who are jealous of anybody who is successful.
The Echo morons love a bit of schadenfraude.
Try and say that with a big tongue.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: I see the Trolls are out in force. I wonder why this story has attracted so many cretins. Aaaaaah of course, silly me, they are sad individuals who are jealous of anybody who is successful.[/p][/quote]The Echo morons love a bit of schadenfraude.[/p][/quote]Try and say that with a big tongue. issacchunt
  • Score: 2

7:42pm Tue 28 Jan 14

elvisimo says...

townieboy wrote:
Jamie Oliver is not re cognised as a serious cook in his field. How many awards ie Michelin Stars has he got ? NONE IS THE ANSWER.
So having run the kitchen at the Michelin stared river cafe does not make him a serious chef? Interesting. You need to distinguish between fine and casual dining. If you think that the the only guide to quality of food is a Michelin star then you need to get out a bit more. I would suggest you start at one of Gordon ( loads of stars) Ramsays gastro pubs - they are truly dreadful...,
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Jamie Oliver is not re cognised as a serious cook in his field. How many awards ie Michelin Stars has he got ? NONE IS THE ANSWER.[/p][/quote]So having run the kitchen at the Michelin stared river cafe does not make him a serious chef? Interesting. You need to distinguish between fine and casual dining. If you think that the the only guide to quality of food is a Michelin star then you need to get out a bit more. I would suggest you start at one of Gordon ( loads of stars) Ramsays gastro pubs - they are truly dreadful..., elvisimo
  • Score: 3

6:28am Wed 29 Jan 14

townieboy says...

elvisimo wrote:
townieboy wrote: Jamie Oliver is not re cognised as a serious cook in his field. How many awards ie Michelin Stars has he got ? NONE IS THE ANSWER.
So having run the kitchen at the Michelin stared river cafe does not make him a serious chef? Interesting. You need to distinguish between fine and casual dining. If you think that the the only guide to quality of food is a Michelin star then you need to get out a bit more. I would suggest you start at one of Gordon ( loads of stars) Ramsays gastro pubs - they are truly dreadful...,
glorified pub chef at best.
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Jamie Oliver is not re cognised as a serious cook in his field. How many awards ie Michelin Stars has he got ? NONE IS THE ANSWER.[/p][/quote]So having run the kitchen at the Michelin stared river cafe does not make him a serious chef? Interesting. You need to distinguish between fine and casual dining. If you think that the the only guide to quality of food is a Michelin star then you need to get out a bit more. I would suggest you start at one of Gordon ( loads of stars) Ramsays gastro pubs - they are truly dreadful...,[/p][/quote]glorified pub chef at best. townieboy
  • Score: 1

8:12am Wed 29 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

townieboy wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
townieboy wrote: Jamie Oliver is not re cognised as a serious cook in his field. How many awards ie Michelin Stars has he got ? NONE IS THE ANSWER.
So having run the kitchen at the Michelin stared river cafe does not make him a serious chef? Interesting. You need to distinguish between fine and casual dining. If you think that the the only guide to quality of food is a Michelin star then you need to get out a bit more. I would suggest you start at one of Gordon ( loads of stars) Ramsays gastro pubs - they are truly dreadful...,
glorified pub chef at best.
...from someone whose idea of dining out is Burger King, or maybe a spot of "Italian" at Pizza Hut....
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Jamie Oliver is not re cognised as a serious cook in his field. How many awards ie Michelin Stars has he got ? NONE IS THE ANSWER.[/p][/quote]So having run the kitchen at the Michelin stared river cafe does not make him a serious chef? Interesting. You need to distinguish between fine and casual dining. If you think that the the only guide to quality of food is a Michelin star then you need to get out a bit more. I would suggest you start at one of Gordon ( loads of stars) Ramsays gastro pubs - they are truly dreadful...,[/p][/quote]glorified pub chef at best.[/p][/quote]...from someone whose idea of dining out is Burger King, or maybe a spot of "Italian" at Pizza Hut.... gilbertratchet
  • Score: -5

4:30am Wed 5 Feb 14

skeptik says...

Odd lot we have become - haters of success, we read it all of the time, those so full of bile should heed the words of the poet - the gift to give us as others see us. Hatred for others is often hatred for self without the courage to admit it.
Odd lot we have become - haters of success, we read it all of the time, those so full of bile should heed the words of the poet - the gift to give us as others see us. Hatred for others is often hatred for self without the courage to admit it. skeptik
  • Score: 0

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