Goose owner Paul Castle commits suicide

22 November 2010 by
Goose owner Paul Castle commits suicide

Paul Castle, the owner of Oxfordshire's former Michelin-starred gastropub, the Goose in Britwell Salome (pictured), has died.

The 54-year-old died at Bond Street London Underground station on Wednesday (17 November) after jumping under a Tube train, according to media reports.

Castle is reported to have had long-standing heart problems and was in and out of hospital in recent months after being diagnosed with tumours.

The Goose made headlines at the start of the year after the departure of head chef Ryan Simpson and his team shortly after they won a Michelin star in January.

Castle and Simpson are believed to have fallen out after the owner criticised the food at the pub for being "too poncey".

The pub reopened in March after a refurbishment, with head chef John Footman at the helm. However, in July, Castle confirmed that the pub had closed permanently.

Castle told Caterer in July: "Although refurbishing the premises and restaurant was a labour of love and I will be sad to close it, this was the right decision. The remote location and the difficult economic climate simply made the business unfeasible. Unfortunately, the restaurant needed too many cash injections without seeing any return on investment. The property is absolutely striking and could be put to a better use."

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By Chris Druce

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