The former general manager of the historic Lygon Arms hotel in the village of Broadway in the Cotswolds is to open a restaurant just down the road.
Barry Hancox has teamed up with another experienced hotelier, Andrew Riley, who used to own the Broadway hotel in the village, to buy the former headquarter of arts-and-crafts furniture designer Gordon Russell.
They will now spend four months turning the listed building into a 60-seat restaurant with rooms, at a cost of £1.2m.
The restaurant, to be named Russell's, will use local produce with an emphasis on "modern English flavours and Mediterranean influences".
Hancox was general manager at the four-star Lygon Arms from February 2000 until November last year. He joined the hotel in 1988.
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