Allister Barsby, the former executive head chef at boutique hotel, Grove of Narberth, has announced the opening date for his first solo restaurant venture.
Hide and Fox in Saltwood near Hythe will launch on June 7 owned and operated by Barsby and his partner and former food and beverage manager at Grove of Narberth, Alice Bussi.
Grove of Narberth is part of The Seren Collection, a group of hospitality venues in South West Wales headed up by Neil and Zoe Kedward.
Prior to their time in Wales, Barsby spent three years as head chef at Gidleigh Park under Michael Caines and met Bussi at The Bath Priory, where she was firstly sommelier and after restaurant manager.
Hide and Fox is set to offer modern British cuisine served in an ‘intimate and relaxed environment’.
Allister Barsby, chef, owner said: “This is a realisation of a dream for me, moving back to my home county to open our first solo venture. Kent has some of the finest produce in the UK and I can’t wait to get them on the menu and to seek out more of what Kent has to offer. It’s the beginning of a journey and with Alice by my side I know it will be a special one.”
Alice Bussi, manager owner said: “I have often visited Kent with Allister and I am now very excited to be settling in this beautiful coastal county. I have been working for incredible properties since I was 15 years old and this is the time for me to create something of my own, with the amazingly talented Allister. We are extremely excited.”
Barsby joined the Grove of Narberth in Jan 2016, and during his time has raised the hotel’s Good Food Guide cooking score to six in the restaurant and retained 3 AA Rosettes.
Michelin-starred Douglas Balish stepped in to the role at the five-star Pembrokeshire hotel on May 1st, leaving The Tudor Room at Great Fosters where he has been since 2014.