The Abbey Hotel in Bath is to launch a new restaurant in September, which will see two of the UK’s top chefs come together for a new venture.
The four-star 62-bedroom hotel, which was acquired in February this year by KE Hotels from Ian and Christa Taylor, will open Koffman and Mr White’s, a new dining room from Pierre Koffman and Marco Pierre White.
The brasserie will serve a mix of ‘English and French classics’, in an ‘unpretentious environment’.
Operating under licence from Marco’s Black & White Hospitality business, plans are to roll out Koffmann & Mr White’s to further locations during the next two years, following a year’s exclusivity for The Abbey Hotel.
The new restaurant will also mark the start of a 12-month investment into the Bath hotel.
Marco said: “For many, many, many years I reflected on my career and one of my deepest regrets was not spending more time with Pierre in the kitchen. I am looking forward to being the apprentice once again.
“Personally, I’m also thrilled to be opening in Bath, a city which is very close to my heart. The Abbey Hotel has a brilliant central location and together we’re looking forward to creating a fantastic new restaurant for the city.”
Nick Taplin, CEO of Black & White Hospitality added: “To sit down between two chefs who have attained six Michelin stars is quite something. They both have loads of ideas on what the new restaurant should be and are very close to all elements such as the menus, décor and styling.
“Nothing like this has happened before and we can’t wait to get open.”
Anil Khanna, managing director of KE Hotels and new owner of The Abbey Hotel added: “This is hugely exciting both for us as a hotel, and for the wider Bath restaurant scene. To work alongside two such iconic chefs as Pierre and Marco is a rare treat. I can think of no better way to kick off our wider planned investment in the hotel over the next 12 months than by helping create an amazing new dining destination in the city.”
Koffmann & Mr White’s is Black & White Hospitality’s seventh brand alongside Steakhouse Bar & Grill, New York Italian, Wheeler’s of St James, Mr White’s English Chophouse, Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini & Espresso Bar and Marconi.