CELEBRITY CHEF BRING­ING FRENCH FLAIR TO PUB

Venue is now ex­pected to un­dergo ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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

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