CELEBRITY CHEF BRINGING FRENCH FLAIR TO PUB
Venue is now expected to undergo extensive refurbishment
A CHAIN of high-end gastro pubs with menus developed by Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc is coming to Chalfont St Peter.
Real estate advisory firm Savills, on behalf of the White Brasserie Company, has bought the leasehold of the Village Hall, Gold Hill West, for an undisclosed sum. The detached, twostorey public house can seat up to 110 customers internally with room for 150 more in the external terrace and beer garden.
Located on the edge of Gold Hill Common, the property has operated as an independent pub for more than 10 years and will now undergo an extensive refurbishment under the new ownership.
The White Brasserie Company currently has 11 venues in Greater London, Surrey, Hertfordshire and Cheshire, with each offering a combination of traditional English pub and French Brasserie.
Chairman of the parish council Linda Smith said: “I understand this will be one of Raymond Blanc’s gastro chain of pubs and I believe will be good for our village. What a fantastic view diners will have over Goldhill Common.
“I only wish they could have reverted to its former historic name of The Jolly Farmer, famed in the past for its huge list of sandwiches.
“This new enterprise, coupled with the Co-op investing in Chalfont St Peter, hopefully will lead others to have the confidence to fill our empty premises with good retail shops in the heart of our village.”
Chris Bickle, licensed leisure director at Savills, said: “We are pleased to have secured the sale of The Village Hall, which offers a sought after location in the Chalfonts and a customer base wellaligned with The White Brasserie Company.
“The licensed leisure market has seen increased activity in the regions around London and the M25, and we expect this trend to continue.”
Mark Derry, chief executive of Brasserie Bar Co, the group behind The White Brasserie Company and Brasserie Blanc, said: “We were delighted to find a pub with such potential in such a perfect setting.
“Each pub we open has its own special character and ambiance and we are excited to revitalise this site and make it a much loved venue for locals and visitors.”
We were delighted to find a pub with such potential in such a perfect setting
Upgrade: The Village Hall, formerly the Jolly Farmer, will become the latest addition to the White Brasserie chain. Inset above, chef Raymond Blanc