MARCO Pierre White, the renowned celebrity chef and restaurateur, will be a familiar face in the medeival village of Lavenham after celebrating the refurbishment of The Angel Hotel in the Market Place.
Joining more than 100 guests to celebrate the new look and new tastes Marco said he would be happy to take his mother to dinner at the venue.
The 49-year-old, who was the youngest ever chef to be awarded three Michelin stars and trained under Albert Roux and Raymond Blanc, said this was the benchmark he set for all his establishments.
“We create a feel not just a look,” said Marco, who took over the hotel in May.
Since then he has transformed the bar and eating area into a polished venue which serves in his words ‘proper grub that I like.’
“It is an environment people wish to sit and eat in and feels very intimate. I want people to feel comfortable in my pubs and if I could have brought my mother here she would have enjoyed it.”
He has restored many of the building’s original features, while covering the walls around the pub’s bar and dining area with photographs taken by 60s iconic photographer David Bailey.
Although the Leeds-born chef officially retired from the kitchen more than 10 years ago he has a large say in the menu and uses a handful of cimilar meals at his many establishments
He said of the village: “It is a beautiful place and The Angel is a piece of the jigsaw in what makes it special. Of course, I will be coming up once or twice a week to try the food and see everyone,”
Marco also said residents were happy with the new-look pub despite accusations to the contrary made in a national newspaper, after he took the decision to ban Fosters and Strongbow earlier in the year.
“I am the landlord and I love eating and drinking houses that serve real ales and ciders,” he said.