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Trained chef duo open new restaurant with rooms after rebrand

Holcombe, Somerset.

The Holcombe has opened as a new 11-bedroom restaurant with rooms after a renovation and rebrand under new ownership.

The 17th century Grade-II listed building in Somerset was acquired in November 2019 by two trained chefs Alan Lucas and Caroline Gardiner, who have spent the last 24 months transforming the venue into the new venture.

The Holcombe recently opened after the extensive upgrade which was overseen by designer Annabelle Holland.

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Alan and Caroline are passionate about growing food, and sourcing produce locally that is sustainable.

They have spent the last 30 years running successful London-based catering and event companies.

Commenting on its opening, owner Caroline Gardiner said: “On purchasing The Holcombe, our vision was for it to be a beautiful country Inn, concentrating on affordable luxury and delicious food, home grown in our kitchen garden and sourced from local suppliers.

“We are delighted to now be open and certainly hope visitors to The Holcombe can have an unforgettable stay and enjoy seasonal contemporary dining in our beautiful setting.”

The 11 bedrooms at The Holcombe all slightly differ in style and size with a set up also in place for families wishing to have two rooms connected by a small entrance hallway.

The Holcombe also offers two lodges set within the garden grounds. 

The key focus of The Holcombe is the kitchen garden and poly tunnel which takes over the majority of the gardens. The RHS trained gardeners work alongside Alan, to deliver ingredients that make for a great menu and prior to opening more raised beds were installed to enable year-round growing. 

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