Murchison prepares to re-open La Becasse

La Becasse is set to reopen this spring with Michelin-starred Chef Alan Murchison running the kitchen.
 
The Chef announced that he has bought the lease of the Ludlow restaurant which he plans to renovate and create a new menu for by the time of its intended launch in April.
 
The move will mark a return to La Becasse for Murchison who previously owned the restaurant when Michelin-starred Chef Will Holland was in charge of the kitchen.
 
However, Murchison’s role as Executive Chef of L'Ortolan in Shinfield near Reading, where he earned a Michelin star and three AA rosettes, meant he did not cook at La Becasse.
 
The restaurant encountered financial trouble last year and entered voluntary liquidation in May 2014.
 
Speaking about La Becasse, Murchison said: “I always thought the restaurant has a great set-up and it has got a cracking kitchen. I have got lots of ideas. I want to get it back to being a wonderful destination restaurant.”
 
Murchison’s career saw him spend four years alongside Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, while he later became Managing Director of the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group which oversaw L'Ortolan and La Becasse, as well as Paris House in Bedfordshire and Restaurant Angélique in Devon. He also appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2012.
 
Another property aiming to make a comeback is the derelict Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices which look set to form the basis of a new luxury Titanic hotel after it received £4.9 million in lottery funding.
 
The B+ listed building, based on Queen’s Island in Belfast has remained vacant since 1989, but the finances from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Heritage Enterprise programme mean that it could soon be converted into an 84 bedroom hotel.
 
It is hoped that up to 100 new employees, many of which will be based in catering and hospitality jobs, could also be taken on as part of the project.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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