3rd January 2017
Two Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, a pioneer in Indian fine dining, is to open his first restaurant focused on British gastronomy. He will open 50-cover venue Hawkyns at the Crown Inn in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, on 15th January, championing locally sourced and seasonal produce. The menu will combine British classic cuisines with aspects of Kochhar’s Indian culinary heritage. The restaurant is named after Sir William Hawkyns, of the East India Company. The Crown is a former Elizabethan coaching inn that featured in the romantic tryst between Andie McDowell and Hugh Grant in Four Weddings And A Funeral.
Kochhar said: “This is going to be my first restaurant offering a modern approach to traditional British cuisine. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.” Kochhar currently operates three restaurants in the UK, including Michelin-starred Benares in Mayfair, as well as venues in Spain and Dubai and two in Mumbai.