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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall opens Bristol eatery

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River Cottage Canteen, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's latest restaurant venture, is now open for business in Bristol.

The Whiteladies Road eatery, which is located within a converted 19th century church building that has Grade II-listed status, will offer a daily changing menu of seasonal, local and organic food.

Officially opening its doors for the first time on Monday morning (March 4th), the Clifton restaurant has pledged to source 90 per cent of its produce from within a 50-mile radius.

It has already established strong links with local suppliers, with the Community Farm in the village of Chew Magna set to provide organic vegetables. Story Farm in Compton Martin, Chew Valley, and Stream Farm in Bridgewater will supply cattle and poultry for the Bristol venue.

Celebrity chef Fearnley-Whittingstall now has three Canteen restaurants, in addition to his famous River Cottage HQ in the south-west. The other two eateries are located in Axminster and Plymouth.

"The best seasonal local produce is always at the heart of the River Cottage approach to cooking, and we are very much looking forward to celebrating and contributing to the vibrancy of the local food community in Bristol," the star of many Channel 4 cooking programmes said.

He added that the Bristol restaurant scene is "an exciting place to be part of and a great opportunity for everyone at River Cottage".

As head chef, Mark Stavrakakis will be responsible for using catering equipment to create the restaurant's range of delicious dishes. Sarah Kieck has been named manager of the River Cottage Canteen in Bristol.

She told the Bristol Post that hundreds of people had applied for jobs at the eatery because they "really believed in the ethos and what the restaurant stood for".ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801551359-ADNFCR

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