Merlin Labron-Johnson to open Somerset restaurant

By Sophie Witts contact

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Merlin Labron-Johnson to open Somerset restaurant

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Chef Merlin Labron-Johnson is to open a ‘tiny farm-to-table’ restaurant in rural Somerset in November.

Announcing the move on Instagram the former Portland and Clipstone chef says the project will be a partnership with a hotel.

He wrote: “We will serve a little menu of home grown organic vegetables and products sourced from friends in the surrounding villages. There will be gorgeous bedrooms, fine cider and lovely wine. I will make further announcements on the name of the restaurant, exact location and hotel partnership.”

Labron-Johnson was a co-founder of the Woodhead Restaurant Group and opened London’s Portland restaurant in 2015 at the age of 23. It went on to win a Michelin star in the 2016 edition of the red book.

He opened the more casual Clipstone in 2016, and the company has since launched Quality Chop House and Emilia.

Labron-Johnson left the business in 2018​ to focus on opening his own restaurant.

He will continue his executive chef role at The Conduit, a London members’ club committed to creating a positive social impact, alongside the new restaurant.

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