05 March 2008

Eight at the Thatch

Last year, a Royal Marine chef named Jeremy Hooper was selected as the winner of a "reality TV" show called The Restaurant. The BBC is currently looking for contestants for a second season of the show. In the meantime, ZUI this article from the MoD Defence News:
Jeremy and Jane Hooper's Thame restaurant Eight at the Thatch has been doing quite well since it opened four months ago in a blaze of publicity. Their success in the BBC TV show, which pitted nine couples against each other, all with a chance of running their very own restaurant with Blanc, came as a surprise to the couple.

But winning the show was just the beginning. Now, with over 14,000 guests already having sampled Jeremy's cooking and every weekend fully booked for the foreseeable future, the couple are unsurprisingly very busy.


The restaurant itself, which also includes a friendly bar, is tucked inside a 16th century half-timbered thatched cottage in the heart of the beautiful market town of Thame, 10 miles (16km) from Oxford. A mixture of the old and the new, all the dishes are made with seasonal ingredients, many of which are free range, local and sourced from small producers.

The restaurant's home page is here.

Sounds great. Now if only they were a little bit closer to Connecticut....

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