A new restaurant created by two of the UK’s most influential chefs has now opened.
Called Koffmann & Mr White’s, the joint venture is a brasserie-style eaterie by Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White.
Located in the Abbey Hotel in Bath it will serve a mix of English and French classics that made the two charismatic chefs the most famous and talked about on the London restaurant scene back in the 80s, 90s and 00s.
Operating under licence from Marco’s Black & White Hospitality business, plans are to roll out the brand to further locations during the next two years, following a year’s exclusivity for The Abbey Hotel.
The seventh restaurant brand to open under the Black & White stable, the fast expanding hospitality business, which was co-founded by Marco Pierre White and Nick Taplin, is now approaching its fiftieth venue.
Nick Taplin, Chairman and CEO of Black & White Hospitality added: “Nothing like this has ever happened before and it’s hugely exciting to now see the restaurant open.
“The energy between these great friends is amazing and they are bursting with ideas while the combined knowledge of these culinary giants is just phenomenal.
“As we approach our fiftieth restaurant the opening of Koffmann & Mr White’s heralds another amazing new chapter in the Black & White story.
“We have a very strong portfolio and our business model of aligning the restaurant brands with hotels is one that has proved very successful. We’ll now look to build on that model, using Marco’s philosophy of creating restaurants that offer affordable glamour.”
Boasting a variety of the classic French and English dishes which have made the two chefs so famous over the years dishes from the continent include French Onion Soup, Snail à la Bourguignonne and Lamb à la Provençale, whilst the best of English cuisine will be represented by traditional plates of Mr Lamb’s Shepherd’s Pie and Trifle.
The understated interior decor, created by Rebecca Wakeford, reflects the unpretentious vision for the new restaurant and the classic nature of the food on offer and will transport diners to the bistros of Paris.
Pierre said: “It’s been fantastic working with Marco again, 36 years after we first met. We’re really looking forward to sharing our passion for delicious classical food and ingredients with our diners at Koffmann & Mr. White’s.”
Marco added: “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 so it’s great to finally open this new restaurant in Bath.”
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 Coffee and Juice bar.