Celebrity chef Rick Stein has revealed plans to open a new restaurant in Winchester.
Named Rick Stein, the 70-cover restaurant will feature a menu of classic dishes with the emphasis on Stein's trademark passion for seafood.
Commenting on the new venture, Stein said: "I love Winchester; it's steeped in heritage, with beautiful architecture and seems to have a love of great food.
"Our new restaurant is about fresh fish, simply cooked. This is a big and exciting move for us, our first outside Cornwall, and we can't wait to bring our passion for seafood to Winchester."
The new opening with business partner Jill Stein will be family-run operation with all three of their sons involved in the business.
Eldest son Edward Stein will work with Jill on the renovation of the site following the signing of the lease last week, while executive chef and middle son Jack Stein oversee the menu development.
Youngest son Charles Stein works for The Vintner in London, which is expected to supply some of the wines for the restaurant.
Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council's executive member for economy, transport and environment, councillor, welcomed the plans: "It is fantastic to hear that Rick Stein has chosen Winchester as the location for his next restaurant.
"The city has for many years been highly regarded for its food offering, as home to Europe's biggest farmers market and many unique and high quality restaurants and eateries. The Rick Stein restaurant will be a really welcome addition to this, attracting people from far and wide to the city and wider Hampshire county."