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New pop-up eatery planned for Surrey

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A successful Surrey restaurant has announced plans to launch a pop-up concept in the county later in the month, having received its first listing in the Michelin Guide 2013 recently.

To put the cap on a successful year, two to four restaurant is arranging a project with guest chef Ian Atkinson, who has spent the past three years at the Michelin-starred Nahm in Knightsbridge with renowned chef David Thompson.

Pop-up restaurants - essentially, temporary establishments kitted out with catering equipment and serving food to customers for a limited period of time - have become a popular way for chefs to showcase their skills in recent years.

Given the financial constraints many businesses are currently operating under and the large financial commitment involved in opening up a permanent establishment, pop-ups offer talented restaurant staff the opportunity to feed the public without having to take too big a monetary risk.

Atkinson, who was also one of the 2009 Electrolux Young Chef finalists, will be working closely with Rob Gathercole of two to four on their Spanish Gourmet Night menu, which will be launched at the restaurant on November 28th.

The head chef said: "It's great to bring something new to the area and create our own pop-up style restaurant with a host chef. It's an exciting concept that is only really done in London, and so we thought why not bring it to Surrey!"

Although London has undeniably attracted the most attention for its range of quirky pop-up eateries in fashionable districts, the trend has spread elsewhere as space for restaurants becomes even more expensive.

In Manchester, burger restaurant Almost Famous proved so successful as a temporary site that it has now been rolled out as a full-time establishment, while the Shepton Mallet Journal recently reported that a new pop-up restaurant is set to be launched in the town's Kilver Court.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801492149-ADNFCR


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