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Alan Murchison to buy The New Angel in Dartmouth

By Becky Paskin , 24-Sep-2010

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Alan Murchison’s 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group is to acquire The New Angel restaurant with rooms in Dartmouth, with a view to reopening the “destination restaurant” in January

The New Angel will be thoroughly refurbished before reopening as The Carved Angel in January

The New Angel will be thoroughly refurbished before reopening as The Carved Angel in January

Alan Murchison’s 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group is to acquire The New Angel restaurant with rooms in Dartmouth, with a view to reopening the “destination restaurant” in January.

 

The acquisition will mark the fourth restaurant business for the group, which aims to operate 10 Michelin-starred restaurants within eight years.

 

Murchison, who already operates the Michelin-starred L’Ortolan in Berkshire, La Becasse in Ludlow and Paris House in Woburn, said he would rename the restaurant The Carved Angel as a nod to it’s original title when run in the 70’s and 80’s by Joyce Molyneux.

 

“We’ve got an amazing iconic restaurant in a great location and we want to return it to its glory days,” he told BigHospitality. “It’s without doubt a cracking spot and the restaurant has a great history. It has in the past proven it’s a destination restaurant and that’s what we want it to become again.”

"Compelling" aim

 

Clive Jacobs, current owner of The New Angel who first bought the restaurant from John Burton-Race after it went into administration in 2007 , said 10 in 8’s vision to develop a collection of high-quality restaurants was “compelling”.

 

“I have no doubt that with Alan Murchison’s skills supported by a sound business infrastructure that The New Angel will go from strength to strength,” he said.

 

The restaurant and all six rooms will undergo a thorough refurbishment from mid-October until it’s opening in January.

 

The menu will be focused on fresh seafood sourced from the Dart Estuary, with a similar price point to 10 in 8’s other restaurants. Murchison hopes to offer a set lunch menu for £25, with a dinner a la carte menu from £50 per head.

 

Murchison added: “The menu will be of a very high standard and we will be looking for recognition from the guidebooks. It’s going to be a fine dining experience but relaxed. Our aim when we started this group was to open ten Michelin-starred restaurants in eight years, and we’ll do anything to make sure that happens.”

 

While a head chef has not been decided on yet, Murchison said he would likely appoint a long-standing chef from within the group.

History

 

Burton-Race bought The New Angel in 2005, but after his wife famously closed the restaurant whilst he appeared in TV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, it went into administration. Jacobs subsequently bought the restaurant and Burton-Race stayed on as an executive chef until June this year, when he left to pursue a TV career and focus on consultancy projects.

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