One of the UK’s youngest chefs to have a coveted Michelin star is to collaborate with a boutique hotel in Somerset to open a ‘tiny farm-to-table’ restaurant, as part of a new venture.
Merlin Labron-Johnson, who was awarded a Michelin star in 2015 at his first London restaurant, Portland, when he was 24 years old, is to launch Osip in Bruton in November in partnership with Number 1 Bruton, a new boutique hotel due to open its doors around the same time.
Labron-Johnson, who formerly ran Portland and Clipstone in London as part of the Woodhead Restaurant Group until 2018, will offer a set menu and a la carte menu at Osip, which will comprise dishes cooked using home grown organic vegetables and produce sourced from local farmers.
Fruit and vegetables will be either grown on eight acres of land near Bruton or on an allotment a five minute walk from the restaurant itself.
Labron-Johnson runs The Conduit in Mayfair, London, and will be continuing his role here alongside the new project.
The chef wrote on Instagram: “I am very excited to announce that in November I will be opening a tiny farm-to-table restaurant in the heart of rural Somerset.
“We will serve a little menu of home grown organic vegetables and products sourced from friends in the surrounding villages.
“There will be gorgeous bedrooms, fine cider and lovely wine.”
Osip is currently recruiting front of house staff ahead of the opening.
Labron-Johnson was a co-founder of the Woodhead Restaurant Group and opened London’s Portland restaurant in 2015 at the age of 23. It won a Michelin Star just six months later.