Two of the UK’s most influential chefs are launching a new restaurant.
Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White are working with The Abbey Hotel in Bath to put in place the finishing details for the new venue which is expected to open in September 2018.
Called Koffmann & Mr White’s, the joint venture is a brasserie style eaterie that will serve a mix of English and French classics that made the two charismatic chefs the most famous and talked about on the London restaurant scene back in the 80s, 90s and 00s.
Having amassed six Michelin stars between them, these UK culinary heavy weights hope their vision of classic dining will appeal to the discerning customer looking for good quality, affordable food in a relaxed, stylish and unpretentious environment.
Koffmann was awarded three Michelin stars at his restaurant La Tante Claire in London and 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.
Operating under licence from the celebrity chef’s Black & White Hospitality business, plans are to roll out Koffmann & Mr White’s to further locations during the next two years, following a year’s exclusivity for The Abbey Hotel.
Pierre White 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.”
Koffmann added: “Marco is one of the most talented chefs I have ever worked with. I am very much looking forward to our collaboration.”
Nick Taplin, CEO of Black & White Hospitality added: “To sit down between two chefs who have attained six Michelin stars is quite something. They both have loads of ideas on what the new restaurant should be and are very close to all elements such as the menus, décor and styling.
“Nothing like this has happened before and we can’t wait to get open.”
Anil Khanna, managing director of KE Hotels and new owner of The Abbey Hotel added: “This is hugely exciting both for us as a hotel, and for the wider Bath restaurant scene. To work alongside two such iconic chefs as Pierre and Marco is a rare treat. I can think of no better way to kick off our wider planned investment in the hotel over the next 12 months than by helping create an amazing new dining destination in the city.”
Koffmann & Mr White’s is Black & White Hospitality’s seventh brand alongside Steakhouse Bar & Grill, New York Italian, Wheeler’s of St James, Mr White’s English Chophouse, Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini & Espresso Bar and Marconi.