TV chef Lesley Waters opens Yeovil restaurant
Celebrity chef Lesley Waters is opening a new restaurant in Yeovil.
Lesley Waters Kitchen will form part of the Love and Wonder shop which now occupies part of the former Wine Vaults pub.
It will be a café during the day and a restaurant and cocktail bar during the evening.
Its opening night on Saturday is already fully booked and punters arriving from 6pm can expect a mix of sharing platters and optional extras on the menu.
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Love and Wonder, which sells clothes, accessories and homeware, recently moved into the grade two-listed building from its former premises in the Quedam.
Lesley, who lives near Halstock, is well known for appearing on TV’s Ready Steady Cook.
She said: “I’m delighted and excited to hear that the opening night is fully booked. I want guests to come and relax, kick back and share some great food with friends.
“I have put together a collection of my favourite mezze-style yum-yum boards. It’s a more relaxed way of eating that can be shared by all.”
Love and Wonder owner Leila Gregory said: “We are really excited to be working with Lesley and looking forward to the opening. I’m delighted to bring this special project to Yeovil town centre.
“We’re breathing life into a lovely old building which is fondly regarded within the community. We want to create a retail experience which is not just about what we sell, but about how welcome and inspired you feel.
“We are delighted to welcome Lesley Waters Kitchen to our team, providing dishes which fit perfectly with our modern, vintage, kitsch and ever so slightly bonkers shop.”
The building’s proprietor, Trevor Bedford, who also owns Mulberrys restaurant, is waiting to hear the outcome of a planning application for his transformation plans.
He said: “In the past when you walked up Union Street, all you saw was an ugly closed building.
“Now when you look up the street the building looks great – you can see the chandeliers through the windows.”
“The Wine Vaults used to be a pub where fights would break out quite often, but was empty for a few years after that.
“Love and Wonder has made Union Street a much more attractive and desirable place.”