Beaconsfield Old Town will welcome Celebrity Chef
By ClaireMitch | Thursday, September 09, 2010, 17:32
Beaconsfield Old Town is to welcome a new resident: Raymond
Beaconsfield Old Town
Blanc OBE, owner of the world renowned Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons restaurant in
Oxfordshire, who intends to open a brasserie on historic shopping street London
This exciting news will bring relief to many local
Beaconsfield residents, who have seen London end in a state of decline and retailers
closing their doors for the last time. This is a much needed and welcomed regeneration of the Old Town.
A number of high-end retailers have committed to
move into the development, including Farrow and Ball and up-market kitchen
store John Lewis of Hungerford with others of a similar standing still in
discussions, agents for the landowners Hall Barn Estates have confirmed.
It has been revealed that Hall Barn Estates plans to
build additional shops as well as a two storey car park for 40 cars behind the
development, which will be on the north side of the street where 5 retail
outlets have been left vacant. The store fronts would be renovated, with
additional new buildings constructed in spaces behind.
Dan Collins, a director of PMCD commercial property
agents acting for Hall Barn, said: "This is the biggest project in the Old
Town for decades. It will be fantastic for the town."
He said an application would be made for planning
permission in the new few weeks once the design of the restaurant, which is to
be located mostly in a new building and to include an outdoor eating area, has
Ian Glyn, a director and founder shareholder of
Brasserie Blanc, of which Mr Blanc is also a director, said: "We would
very much like to be included in the scheme. Raymond has visited the site and
he really likes it." He said the company's tenth Brasserie Blanc would be
"pretty large" and added: "We very much hope it comes to
Beaconsfield Old Town Residents Association (BOTRA) has
publicly welcomed this news. Chairman John Brown said: "It is certainly
good news, there's no doubt about it. These are exciting options." However
he reported to Polly Manser at the Bucks Advertiser that he was concerned about
poor communication. When he approached the landlord for information recently
following weeks of speculation in the town, Hall Barn Estates refused to share
In recent months a number of
businesses have been seen to close in London End, including Matrix Kitchens,
Avery Kitchens and Order Lunch. The latest retailed to close their doors for
the final time was furniture shop Peter Knight, and Hall Barn Estate has now
purchased that building to include in the development.