Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Rick Stein restaurant will reopen after all, after deal struck with landlord


Restauranteur Rick Stein has said his restaurant in Marlborough will re-emerge from the coronavirus pandemic after all.

Back in June, the TV chef announced the closure of two of his restaurants: Marlborough and Porthleven.

But today, the family-run business announced on social media that the Marlborough restaurant will reopen after all.

"We're extremely pleased to share we will be re-opening the doors to Lloran House in Marlborough again very soon," it said.

"You may have heard the news last month that we were sadly closing for good, but now, thanks to the support of our very kind landlord you can look forward to seeing lots of our old team back in the restaurant."

The TV chef opened his 100-seat Marlborough restaurant in October 2016 to great fanfare, after an eight-month renovation of the 18th Century Lloran House – formerly home to women’s fashion retailer Wardrobe.

The restaurant employed around 40 people, all of whom were handed redundancy notices on June 22. The social media post indicates many of those staff will now be re-hired. 

In February – just a month before lockdown – the Rick Stein Group was named one of the UK’s Best Companies to Work For in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies awards.