Koffmann and Mr White’s, a new restaurant venture between Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White, has now opened at The Abbey Hotel Bath, kicking off a series of improvements across the property under its new ownership.
The restaurant is the first new development to launch at the 62-bedroom hotel since it was acquired by KE Hotels in February this year, having been previously owned and operated by Ian and Christa Taylor.
General manager Josh Watts told Boutique Hotelier at the launch of the new restaurant last night that he was excited to be part of the ‘new era’ for the Abbey Hotel Bath, with more changes to come in the next few months.
Speaking to BH, he said: “We have lots more plans and improvements in the pipeline but at the moment the focus is on this new concept and bringing to life the new venture.
“After the restaurant comes to fruition our next project is to do some work on the reception and the ArtBar area. We will invest in a new look, update some of the furnishings.
“Then in January we will start with a bedroom refurbishment in 24 bedrooms, so we are really taking on lots of new projects to bring the whole product up to a level – it’s very competitive in Bath and we need to bring the property to the next stage.”
The new Koffman and Mr White’s concept is the first of its kind for Black and White Hospitality, the management company founded by Nick Taplin and chef Marco who run the restaurant under a franchise deal with owners KE Hotels.
The Abbey Hotel Bath has exclusivity on the brand for a year before it can evolve into another site.
“We met Marco and Pierre three months ago and Marco was very keen to have a restaurant in Bath and he lives about 10 mins away,” Watts continues, “and Pierre was very keen to embark on a new concept.”
After the soft launch last night, Watts says that bookings are full for the restaurant’s opening weekend.
The menu consists of a variety of French and English dishes, with both Koffmann and Pierre White working with head chef Rupert Taylor on the menu. Dishes includes French onion soup, snail à la bourguignonne and lamb à la Provençale, as well as traditional plates of Mr Lamb’s shepherd’s pie and trifle.
The creation of Koffmann and Mr White’s is the seventh brand in the Black and White portfolio, joining the likes of Chophouse and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.