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Hole in the Wall restaurant to be reopened

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One of the UK's most famous restaurants is set to get a new lease of life.

The Hole in the Wall in Bath has been bought by a Bridport-based company and is set to be renamed The Stable, Bath - a move that brings an end to over 60 years of a particular culinary history at the location.

As part of the revamp, catering kitchen equipment will have to be purchased for the site, as the new owners look to take the eatery in a different direction and build up a healthy customer base of its own.

Haute cuisine 

Originally established in 1951 by George Perry-Smith, the Hole in the Wall was the first restaurant in the UK to offer haute cuisine and is regularly cited as one of the most influential dining spots in the country. 

Mr Perry-Smith ran it for 20 years and introduced menus that were influenced by his food experiences in France. However, it became a victim of the recession in May of last year and has remained vacant for the past 12 months.  

The new owners are looking to develop a neighbourhood restaurant feel by offering pizza, pies and cider for up to 120 people at a time. One of its major selling points will be the fact it plans to make the most of local produce, while it is also going to boast 57 different varieties of cider. 

A desirable location

Valerie Turner, restaurant specialist at Christie and Co, who played a part in sealing the deal, said there had been a number of interested parties in the famous restaurant, adding this demonstrates how "Bath is still a highly-sought after location for many". 

"I am sure the introduction of this new concept into the city will be a hit with everyone and we wish Stables Bar the very best of luck with its latest venture. Restaurants experienced strong activity in the south-west last year and we are seeing an even stronger start to the first half of 2013," she added.

"Cities are still at the forefront of the corporate branded operations and the suburbs are still attracting the first time buyer, experienced chefs or growing community brands.” 

Moving on up 

The Stables Bar and Restaurant group opened its first eatery in 2009 and its business model has proved to be very successful. This has encouraged it to branch out and so the acquisition of the Hole in the Wall demonstrates a willingness to make a dent in the Bath dining scene. 

Of course, the company may want to overhaul the kitchen equipment in an effort to prepare for the opening. According to the Bath Chronicle, the group has submitted plans to Bath and North East Somerset Council so that alterations can be made to the basement. 

Once the restaurant is up and running, it will have a different look and feel to its predecessor, but the owners will hope it can still attract the kind of following the original eatery did in its heyday.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801591636-ADNFCR

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