Chef Richard Davies is to open a new fine-dining restaurant at Celtic Manor Resort near Newport in south Wales.
The move marks a return to Celtic Manor for Davies, who worked in the kitchens of the original Celtic Manor hotel at the age of 18 before going on to carve out a successful career as a chef, winning Michelin stars as head chef, first at Sawyards in West Sussex and then at the Manor House in Castle Combe, near Bath.
Epicure by Richard Davies will open on Saturday 13 February, in the same restaurant space as previously occupied by the resort's former fine-dining option, Terry M.
Speaking about the launch, Davies said: "It feels like coming home and I'm exciting about the challenge of creating and developing a new fine-dining experience for Celtic Manor.
Davies has represented Wales three times on BBC TV show Great British Menu and made it all the way to the banquet in 2013 with his winning dessert 'strawberries and cream', which was served at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of Comic Relief. The dish has been adapted for his new menu at Epicure by Richard Davies.
"Celtic Manor is a stunning hotel," added Davies. "I know I'm coming back to the best hotel in Wales and now I want to give it the best restaurant in Wales.
"When I first worked here, Celtic Manor was the closest thing you could find to a London restaurant kitchen in South Wales and I learnt a lot very quickly.
"It's great to be back here and back in Wales with this fantastic opportunity. We hope to attain as many of the highest accolades for the restaurant as we possibly can."
The news comes in the same week that 2013 MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen launches his first restaurant, Cen at Celtic Manor, serving a menu of pan-Asian flavours. In December it opened the doors to Steak on Six, establishing a seventh restaurant at the resort.
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