Des­ti­na­tion din­ing is com­ing to The Fox


The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Food And Drink -

New life is to be breathed into a for­mer vil­lage pub af­ter it was snapped up by the team be­hind Peter­bor­ough’s highly rated fine din­ing venue Clarkes, and its more ca­sual sis­ter restau­rant Cafe Clarkes.

The Fox at Folksworth, on the out­skirts of the city, is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by struc­tural en­gi­neers and builders as Di­nesh Od­e­dra - who is also be­hind the suc­cess­ful Banyan Tree restau­rants in Peter­bor­ough - and sis­ter Pra­fulla Go­ra­nia mas­ter­mind its trans­for­ma­tion.

The pub, which closed three years ago and at one time looked in danger of be­ing flat­tened and the site de­vel­oped for hous­ing, will be un­recog­nis­able in­side when the re­fur­bish­ment is com­plete, says Di­nesh.

A new des­ig­nated fine din­ing restau­rant area is be­ing cre­ated - seat­ing about 80 cov­ers - while a new bar area, with its own din­ing space will greet vis­i­tors as they en­ter though the front doors.

“The pub side of the busi­ness is very im­por­tant as it is some­thing that has been miss­ing in the vil­lage for some years, and peo­ple we have spo­ken too are ex­ited about our plans ,” said Di­nesh.

“It will be a re­laxed, ca­sual drink­ing area, with room for din­ing from a spe­cific pub food menu. But the drinks side can­not ex­ist with the des­ti­na­tion fine din­ing restau­rant, and vice versa.”

Di­nesh’s head chefs Kenny Brad­ford and Sam Bate­man are cur­rently de­vel­op­ing the food con­cept for the restau­rant, he said, while sis­ter Pra­fulla plans the in­te­rior - a role she ful­filled su­perbly when Clarkes opened in the city cen­tre three years ago.

The as-yet un­de­cided name for the venue - set to be open by Novem­ber - will re­flect the es­tab­lished “Clarkes” brand, Di­nesh added.

The Fox at Folksworth.

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