River Cottage's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to open Winchester restaurant

Daily Echo: TV chef to open city restaurant TV chef to open city restaurant

IT’S fast becoming the home of the celebrity chef and the south’s culinary capital.

Winchester has lured one of the country’s top ‘real food’ campaigners to the city.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has signed a lease to take over the historic council-owned Abbey Mill, off Colebrook Street.

His River Cottage Canteen & Deli is now set to open in about a year’s time.

The city council has confirmed it has agreed lease terms on Abbey Mill in Winchester’s Abbey Gardens with River Cottage Canteen & Deli.

Like the two other River Cottage restaurants, in Axminster and Plymouth, it will also offer cookery courses.

Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall has written numerous best-selling books championing locally-produced food, presented several TV shows on Channel 4 as well as campaigned on issues such as fishing and factory farming.

The city council owns the listed building and has been looking for a new tenant since moving its own engineering department a few years ago.

Rob Love, managing director of River Cottage, said: “Our first priority is to create a dialogue with residents and the local community to share our ambitions and intentions, and we look forward to meeting with them soon.”

Letters have been sent to people living in the Colebrook Street area.

The news will add another famous name to restaurants in the city. Raymond Blanc and Jamie Oliver both have restaurants in Winchester.

TV celebrity chef James Martin, who was head chef at Hotel du Vin when it opened in 1994, later owned a deli in Winchester which closed earlier this year after a massive rent rise.

River Cottage says its new venture would add vibrancy to the city, and offer employment and training, and opportunities for local food producers.

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3:10pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Shoong says...

'culinary capital'.

What rubbish, we haven't even got a Burger King.
'culinary capital'. What rubbish, we haven't even got a Burger King. Shoong
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3:16pm Thu 4 Oct 12

RadicalEmu says...

Shoong wrote:
'culinary capital'.

What rubbish, we haven't even got a Burger King.
You really deserve one up there too.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: 'culinary capital'. What rubbish, we haven't even got a Burger King.[/p][/quote]You really deserve one up there too. RadicalEmu
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3:39pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Stillness says...

Cant wait to see the menu. He's not called Hugh Fernley-Eatsitall without reason. Anyone for tripe and gizzard souffle?
Cant wait to see the menu. He's not called Hugh Fernley-Eatsitall without reason. Anyone for tripe and gizzard souffle? Stillness
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3:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12

justmyopion says...

why do all the top celebs open there !!!
why do all the top celebs open there !!! justmyopion
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3:50pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Stillness says...

justmyopion wrote:
why do all the top celebs open there !!!
Money perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]justmyopion[/bold] wrote: why do all the top celebs open there !!![/p][/quote]Money perhaps? Stillness
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4:17pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Shoong says...

RadicalEmu wrote:
Shoong wrote:
'culinary capital'.

What rubbish, we haven't even got a Burger King.
You really deserve one up there too.
That's nice.

I'm not sure about 'deserve', as McDonald's has no real competition in Winchester ( the KFC is situated in a silly place off the beaten track).

I do love this chip (how ironic) that everyone has thinking that Wintonians all drive around in Bentleys with monocles and cigars all day, some of us had to downsize, presently I'm been reduced to driving a Mercedes and I'm none too happy about it, let me tell you.
[quote][p][bold]RadicalEmu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: 'culinary capital'. What rubbish, we haven't even got a Burger King.[/p][/quote]You really deserve one up there too.[/p][/quote]That's nice. I'm not sure about 'deserve', as McDonald's has no real competition in Winchester ( the KFC is situated in a silly place off the beaten track). I do love this chip (how ironic) that everyone has thinking that Wintonians all drive around in Bentleys with monocles and cigars all day, some of us had to downsize, presently I'm been reduced to driving a Mercedes and I'm none too happy about it, let me tell you. Shoong
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1:54pm Fri 5 Oct 12

kingnotail says...

justmyopion says...
3:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12
why do all the top celebs open there !!!

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Because unlike Southampton, Winchester is a nice place.
justmyopion says... 3:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12 why do all the top celebs open there !!! - Because unlike Southampton, Winchester is a nice place. kingnotail
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1:57pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Stillness says...

kingnotail wrote:
justmyopion says...
3:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12
why do all the top celebs open there !!!

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Because unlike Southampton, Winchester is a nice place.
So true. Shame you can't say the same thing about the people who live there ;-)
[quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: justmyopion says... 3:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12 why do all the top celebs open there !!! - Because unlike Southampton, Winchester is a nice place.[/p][/quote]So true. Shame you can't say the same thing about the people who live there ;-) Stillness
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10:25pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Shoong says...

Stillness wrote:
kingnotail wrote:
justmyopion says...
3:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12
why do all the top celebs open there !!!

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Because unlike Southampton, Winchester is a nice place.
So true. Shame you can't say the same thing about the people who live there ;-)
You are allowed in y'know, we'll let ya.
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: justmyopion says... 3:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12 why do all the top celebs open there !!! - Because unlike Southampton, Winchester is a nice place.[/p][/quote]So true. Shame you can't say the same thing about the people who live there ;-)[/p][/quote]You are allowed in y'know, we'll let ya. Shoong
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10:48pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Stillness says...

Shoong wrote:
Stillness wrote:
kingnotail wrote:
justmyopion says...
3:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12
why do all the top celebs open there !!!

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Because unlike Southampton, Winchester is a nice place.
So true. Shame you can't say the same thing about the people who live there ;-)
You are allowed in y'know, we'll let ya.
I thought the prison was full.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: justmyopion says... 3:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12 why do all the top celebs open there !!! - Because unlike Southampton, Winchester is a nice place.[/p][/quote]So true. Shame you can't say the same thing about the people who live there ;-)[/p][/quote]You are allowed in y'know, we'll let ya.[/p][/quote]I thought the prison was full. Stillness
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