A MICHELIN-STARRED chef will tomorrow open The Lickfold Inn near Lodsworth.
The historic pub fell into disrepair, left as a boarded-up empty shell after broadcaster Chris Evans closed it in 2010.
But at midday tomorrow it will finally be re-opened by Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers, the chef and patron of Restaurant Story in London. He said: “I want to bring back The Lickfold with big impact, introducing some of my own cooking style but still respecting the legacy of a real, proper pub.”
Head chef will be Graham Squire, who has previously worked in London at Trinity and Bistro Union with Adam Byatt, and at Claridge’s.
Lodsworth Parish Council chairman Caroline Neville said: “We are relieved and thrilled that the new owners of the Lickfold Inn obviously respect and love the beautiful old building and have restored it with great care. It’s a joy to see.”
The pub has been restored by Tom and a local private investor who has acquired the freehold of the property.
The ground floor will be a pub serving drinks and snacks while an upstairs dining room will seat 36.
Reservations can be made on 01789 532535.