Celebrity chef and Market Kitchen presenter Matt Tebbutt and his wife Lisa have taken their gastropub, the Foxhunter in Nantyderry, near Abergavenney, off the market.
The couple had put the pub up for sale last autumn to focus on Matt's busy television schedule. But following reaction from local residents and their family as well as difficult market conditions, they have decided to continue to run it.
Lisa Tebbutt commented: "With the market the way it is, people who were really excited about taking over the Foxhunter couldn't raise the necessary funds and we decided that there was no point in selling it for less than what we want for it."
She added that when the couple put the pub up for sale, locals and regular customers also reacted with great disappointment. "We were really surprised at the reaction but our regulars were all really upset to see us leave," she said.
She added that they are now looking for a second site in the area: "We're looking to open something new, either a café or a deli."
The Tebbutts took over the Foxhunter in 2001 and completely refurbished the Grade II-listed property, which was originally built as a stationmaster's house.
The couple built up a solid reputation for the restaurant, which serves a modern British menu focused on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, by winning accolades including AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales in 2004 and being named Best Newcomer in Wales by The Good Food Guide 2003.
By Kerstin Kühn
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