Merlin Labron-Johnson, formerly of Portland, is opening a ‘tiny’ restaurant in Somerset

Chef Merlin Labron-Johnson is opening a restaurant in Somerset, where customers will find food “sourced from friends”, “fine cider and lovely wine”.

The chef announced the farm-to-table restaurant on Instagram, where he described a “tiny” restaurant focused on hyper-local ingredients.

“I am very excited to announce that in November I will be opening a tiny farm-to-table restaurant in the heart of rural Somerset,” said Labron-Johnson.

“We will serve a little menu of home grown organic vegetables and products sourced from friends in the surrounding villages. There will be gorgeous bedrooms, fine cider and lovely wine.”

It is set to open in November, but there has not yet been word on the precise location or who else is involved. The chef will continue as a consultant at Conduit, the Mayfair private members’ club.

Merlin-Johnson was former executive chef for the Woodhead Restaurant Group, which he left in October last year. He previously opened the group’s Portland restaurant in 2015, winning a Michelin star 12 months later.

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