The legendary former 3Michelin starred chef Marco Pierre White is never normally too far from the news. Whether it’s his parting from The Yew Tree earlier this year to ill advised television appearances, the Daily Mail just love to beat him. So when news arrived that MPW had bought the pub less than 5 miles down the road it came as no real surprise.
The departure from The Yew Tree had turned into a bitter legal mess, exposing the financial nuts & bolts of the deal with the Daily Mail proclaiming:
…the chef allows restaurants to use his name for a one-off £50,000 licensing fee and a share of the turnover…
A month ago a new company was apparently formed by Mr White to facilitate the purchase of the Carnarvon Arms in Burghclere, just 4.2 miles from The Yew Tree. The Carnarvon Arms is a pretty pub set in Downton Abbey country with 23 bedrooms and conference facilities. It is currently run under a management contract by BeSpoke Hotels.
ChefHermes.com has been told that the intention is to rebrand the Carnarvon Arms into Mr Whites version of a gastro pub, Wheeler’s of St. James’s. The chain of which there are currently two, The Kings Arms inn & The Chequers hotel both in Sussex is in stark contrast to the u-turn by Sanguine Hospitality Mr White’s other business partner. Sanguine announced the sale of Mr White’s restaurant at the Swan Inn in Lancashire to concentrate on more profitable city centre operations like The Cube in Birmingham, who they beat D&D to the punch for.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Mr White the best of luck in his new venture.