Two of the UK’s most influential chefs are launching a new restaurant in Bath, to be located in The Abbey Hotel on North Parade.
Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White, who between them have amassed an incredible six Michelin stars, are currently working with the hotel to finalise plans for the new venue which is expected to open in early October 2018.
Called Koffmann & Mr White’s, the joint venture will be a brasserie style eaterie serving the kind of classic English and French dishes which have made the two chefs so famous over the years.
Koffmann was awarded three Michelin stars at his restaurant La Tante Claire in London and this was where White trained before moving on to attain his own three stars at Harvey’s and The Restaurant Marco Pierre White in the dining room at the Hyde Park Hotel.
Now the charismatic chefs and the hotel’s new owners hope their shared vision of a new dining experience for Bath will appeal to discerning customers wanting good quality, affordable food in a relaxed, stylish and unpretentious environment.
Marco said: “For many, many, many years I reflected on my career and one of my deepest regrets was not spending more time with Pierre in the kitchen. I am looking forward to being the apprentice once again.”
“Personally, I’m also thrilled to be opening in Bath, a city which is very close to my heart. The Abbey Hotel has a brilliant central location and together we’re looking forward to creating a fantastic new restaurant for the city.”
Pierre added: “Marco is one of the most talented chefs I have ever worked with. I am very much looking forward to our collaboration."
Josh Watts, General Manager of The Abbey Hotel added: “We’re hugely excited to be working with two such iconic chefs as Pierre and Marco in bringing this new restaurant to Bath. The city is already a culinary hotspot but this adds a whole fresh dimension to Bath’s restaurant scene.”
The opening of Koffmann & Mr White’s is the first phase of a wider planned reinvigoration of The Abbey Hotel over the next 12 months by new owners KE Hotels, as it seeks to cement its position as one of Bath’s leading independent hotels.
Watts adds: “Being located right in the centre of the city and close to the Abbey, we are the perfect setting for both locals and tourists looking for a quality place to stay, drink and dine. The elegant surroundings of the new restaurant will complement the location and will make this a great place to come and enjoy some classic French and British food.”
The Abbey Hotel’s existing Allium restaurant will deliver its final service this summer before the restaurant closes for the transformation into Koffmann & Mr White’s. The new restaurant will operate under licence from the celebrity chef’s Black & White Hospitality business, with the existing team leading daily service under the guidance of the two culinary masters.
Bookings for the new restaurant are anticipated to open in August 2018. https://abbeyhotelbath.co.uk/