Rick Stein has announced plans to open his first restaurant outside of Cornwall.
The newly named ‘Rick Stein’ restaurant is set to open in Winchester in the late autumn and will seat 70 for lunch and dinner.
He said: “I love Winchester; it’s steeped in heritage, with beautiful architecture and seems to have a love of great food.
“Our new restaurant is about fresh fish, simply cooked. This is a big and exciting move for us, our first outside Cornwall, and we can’t wait to bring our passion for seafood to Winchester.”
Since Rick and Jill Stein opened their first flagship seafood restaurant in 1975, the Padstow-based business has grown to include five restaurants, accommodation, retail outlets and a cookery school. But it is still very much a family concern.
With the lease signed, renovation of the interiors will now begin with eldest son Edward working with Jill on the design.
Executive chef and middle son, Jack Stein, is overseeing the menu development and kitchen. He added: “With a great local supplier base already established in Cornwall, we will be looking to work with high quality food and drink producers from the Winchester area.”
Youngest son Charles works for The Vintner in London and will be supplying some of the wines for the restaurant.