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Award-winning chef opens first solo restaurant

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Shaun Dickens will open his first restaurant later this week.

He has taken over the site of the La Barca tapas restaurant in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire and will officially open the venue as Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse on April 11th, Caterer and Hotelkeeper reports.

Mr Dickens has acquired the venue through his new company SGD Restaurants, which he runs alongside his business partner Paul Duckworth.

New catering equipment has been installed at the restaurant, which will be comprised of a 48-seat dining room, 25-cover bar and 28-set deck, which overlooks the River Thames.

The venue will be managed by Rhys Griffiths, who has joined the company from the Olde Bell in Hurley. A typical three-course meal will cost around £40.

“My food is modern British fine dining, reflecting my background of having worked at Michelin-starred restaurants.

“We’ll initially just have the a la carte, but we’ll introduce a seven-course tasting menu in due course," Mr Dickens stated.

Dishes will include peanut-crusted tuna loin with chilli jam, glazed radish and peanut brittle as well as saddle of lamb with broad bean and lemon, black olive puree, confit belly and lemon gel.

Mr Dickens trained as a chef at Westminster Kingsway, before joining Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, where he worked his way up from a commis to senior chef de partie. He then spent 18 months at the three Michelin star Per Se restaurant in New York.

After returning to the UK in 2009, Mr Dickens joined L'Ortolan, before moving on to Fallowfields hotel as head chef in 2011. Within six months he received two AA rosettes and helped the company win the Tourism South East small hotel of the year award.

He has been replaced at Fallowfields by former Lords of the Manor head chef Matt Weedon.

Mr Dickens received personal recognition at the end of 2012, after being given an Acorn award by Caterer and Hotelkeeper. This prize recognises the future stars of the hospitality industry and has been running for 26 years.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801568855-ADNFCR

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