Paris House Restaurant Ltd, the company that used to own Bedfordshire's only Michelin-starred restaurant, has entered into liquidation owing more than £400,000 to creditors.
The news is a new blow to the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group, to which Paris House was previously affiliated, and follows the liquidation in November 2013 of Alan Murchison Restaurants Ltd, which previously operated L'Ortolan in Berkshire, itself once part of 10 in 8.
Documents filed at Companies House revealed that Paris House Restaurant Ltd was wound up voluntarily on 31 December 2013.
A statement of creditors showed that the business owes £429,354.23 to a total of 84 companies and individuals. Among the more significant debts are:
• £81,938 owed to Alan Murchison Restaurants Ltd
• £57,188.52 owed to small business loans firm Funding Circle
• A total of £118,240 owed to various arms of HMRC
• £4,395.08 owed to wine importer Les Caves de Pyrene
• £61,597 owed to La Becasse Ltd
• £8,993.25 owed to fine food distributor Ritter Courivaud
• £4,314.94 owed to fruit and vegetable supplier Wellocks Ltd
Despite the news, Paris House, on the Duke of Bedfordshire's Woburn Estate, continues to trade. It is now owned by Chaperill Ltd, a company run by director Nick Millard.
A spokeswoman for the restaurant said that everything at the restaurant was as normal, apart from the fact that former head chef Phil Fanning was now heading up the business.
Catererwhich recently lost head chef Will Holland, and the Angel in Dartmouth, which is now closed.