In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to close Bristol restaurant
Celebrity chef, writer and restaurateur Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is to close his River Cottage Kitchen restaurant in Bristol owing to “challenging market conditions”.
Nyetimber teams up on new menu with Lympstone Manor and Michael Caines
Michelin starred Exmouth restaurant and country house Lympstone Manor has partnered with English fizz producer Nyetimber to serve “the most extensive” range of the brand’s wines.
Damien Hirst to close Devon restaurant The Quay
British artist Damien Hirst is to close his Ilfracombe restaurant The Quay, which is located close to one of his sculptures – an imposing bronze statue of a developing foetus inside a figure’s womb.
Q&A: Michael Caines MBE and James Matyear
Chef and owner of Michelin-starred Lympstone Manor, Michael Caines MBE, and manager of the hotel and restaurant’s new vineyard, James Matyear, discuss their English wine production plans, and why we could see more single vineyard expressions and clarity over regional labelling.