Former Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons chef Dave Watts has taken over the Crown pub in Upton, Hampshire, which he will reopen next month.
Watts spent eight years at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir, holding the position of sous chef, before his departure in 2009 to take on the role of head chef at Carmarthen’s Hurst House.
He would go on to run the Star Inn pub in Sparsholt, Hampshire, followed by stints at the Vineyard Group and the Red Lion in East Chisenbury, Wiltshire.
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