Restau­rant re-opened by top chefs

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A RESTAU­RANT which fea­tured in the Chan­nel 4 television se­ries Risk­ing It All has changed hands. Christo­pher and Karen Wil­liams, who come from Es­sex, are the new own­ers of the 40-cover Blue Vinny restau­rant in the pic­turesque vil­lage of El­ham, near Folkestone, which was mar­keted for £475,000. It re-opened for lunch and din­ner on Fri­day. The cou­ple’s for­mer restau­rant, in Saf­fron Walden, was given Miche­lin recog­ni­tion and had a rep­u­ta­tion for good food, wine and ser­vice.

Lo­cal pro­duce

Christie First, which of­fers mort­gages to busi­nesses in the leisure, hos­pi­tal­ity, care and re­tail sec­tors, pro­vided the fi­nance for the free­hold pur­chase. Ni­cholas Baker, from the com­pany, said: “Mr and Mrs Wil­liams are plan­ning to use high-qual­ity, lo­cally-sourced pro­duce, in­clud­ing day boat fish from Hythe, and have an ex­ten­sive New and Old World wine list.” The television se­ries, which was screened three years ago, doc­u­mented Steve Butcher and Lind­say McNally’s de­ci­sion to open their own restau­rant. Now, the cou­ple have sold the free­hold in­ter­est and moved to the Alps.

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