The Hardwick restaurant in Abergavenny will become a restaurant with rooms at the start of next year following a refurbishment programme.
The restaurant, which has been run by Great British Menu chef Stephen Terry since late 2005, is being completely rebuilt over the second half of the year to increase capacity and tap into Wales’s growing tourist trade in 2010.
The 33-week project, which is due to start next month and is expected to be completed by the end of January, will raise the number of covers in the restaurant from 60 to 100 as well as creating eight bedrooms.
The restaurant would continue to operate throughout the summer with minimum disruption to trade, said Terry, who admitted it would make for a tough 2009 but would pay long-term dividends.
“This summer will be a ball breaker. We are levelling the bar area and creating more dining space for almost double the amount of diners. It will be busy but we will do the work at certain times so we don’t have to close the place entirely," he said.