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Former Soho House director to open Somerset restaurant

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Former Soho House director to open Somerset restaurant

Ben Crofton, formerly director of Soho House’s Babington House and Soho Farmhouse, is opening a restaurant, bakery and wine shop in Somerton, Somerset this autumn.

Crofton is set to open 28 Market Place, Market Bakery and Somerton Wines, with his wife Vanessa in a group of Grade 2*-listed buildings which are currently undergoing a major restoration and renovation. It will be the pair’s first solo venture.

Local entrepreneur, Adam Norris of Glastonbury-based Horatio Investments, is funding the project.

The 80-cover restaurant will serve an Italian-inspired menu of homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas and Sunday lunch. Market Bakery next door will supply the restaurant with pasta and bread as well as a range of pastries, cakes and cookies and a gelateria. Somerton Wines will offer 150 wines not on the restaurant list.

Ben also previously worked as general manager of Phil Howard’s two-Michelin-starred the Square in London, general manager of Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in California, and as a restaurant director with Gordon Ramsay Holdings.

He said: “We wanted to create a neighbourhood restaurant and bakery which focused on Italian inspired food using the finest ingredients prepared simply – a place that offers a unique experience whilst fostering a sense of community.”

Vanessa worked for Nancy Silverton at Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles before joining Gordon Ramsay Holdings.

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