A new boutique and restaurant is set to open in Bexhill in the new year with chef Micheal Roessi in its kitchen, who has been described as “the next Jamie Oliver”.
The Driftwood, a six-bedroom hotel and restaurant is being created in a former antiques shop at 40 Sackville Road.
Leading its kitchen will be young Austrian chef Roessi, who is the face of key food brands in his native country. His appointment has been described as the “icing on the cake” by one of the founders, Seng Loy. The 28-seat restaurant will offer a range of global cuisine and will open in February 2017.
The neglected three-storey building, which hasn’t been occupied for two years, is currently being completely gutted and refurbished. With the interior design project being managed by Crave Design, London, those behind The Driftwood said it will offer “authentic luxury”.
The venture is the brainchild of local residents Greg Hunt, Li Hong and Seng Loy.
Seng has a wealth of experience working in the hospitality sector, including at the Waldorf Hotel, the five-star Langham in London and the Noel Arms in the Cotswolds. He also runs Hastings House, a nine-bedroom guesthouse in St Leonards, and the rwo-bedroom Bexhill Beach Residence bed and breakfast.
Planning permission to change the use of the Sackville Road shop to a restaurant and the flats into bed and breakfast accommodation was granted earlier this month. The new business will provide the equivalent of 10 full time jobs.