Celeb chef in frame for Hollingbourne pub
EXCLUSIVE by Andy
A Celeb chef could soon be cooking up a storm in an historic
Richard Phillips, a regular star turn on TV shows including
Ready Steady Cook and Saturday Kitchen, is in the running to take
over the Windmill in Hollingbourne.
The 16th century grade II listed venue in Eyhorne Street has
been closed since September with the previous tenants blaming
months of roadworks in the village for its demise.
A spokesman for Enterprise Inns, the brewery chain which
owns it, confirmed Mr Phillips was a contender for the post. He
said: “We are in talks with a number of interested parties with a
view to opening the pub as soon as possible.”
Mr Phillips, who is based in Kent, has enjoyed a rapid rise
to fame after starting as a chef at London’s Savoy Hotel. He opened
his first restaurant, Thackeray’s in Tunbridge Wells, 10 years ago
which earned him his first Michelin star before he turned 30.
In 2004, he took over the Hengist in High Street, Aylesford,
while the Pearson’s Arms in Whitstable became his latest
venture in October 2010.
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