Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts

Ashley Palmer-Watts to launch restaurant with rooms in Cobham

Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts – who shot to prominence during a 20-year career with The Fat Duck Group – is set to open a new culinary destination in spring 2024. 

Under the leadership of Palmer-Watts, The Garden Cobham will become a new food, beverage and lifestyle hotspot in Surrey. Plans to transform the former site of The Garden Cobham are well underway – the new destination will comprise a 35-seat high-end restaurant with additional seating on a garden terrace, a 52-seat wine bar, café and a bakery, all set around a courtyard.  

Alongside the varied dining options, the outside space is being restored to its former glory, with an extensive kitchen garden set within a historic, two-acre landscaped walled garden. 

In time, guest accommodation will also be added to the property’s offering.   

I cant wait to be back in the heart of the industry, drawing on all my experience of opening various restaurants at different levels within The Fat Duck Group,” says Palmer-Watts. “Its an incredible location, and with food history being of such interest, particularly in recent years, to be able to bring life back into the walled garden and reimagine it with a collection of food experiences is a dream come true for me. I look forward to sharing further details of the project as we near completion of the work.”

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