North Yorkshire entrepreneurs sell restaurant to its head chef

The Brasserie in The Courtyard

The Brasserie in The Courtyard, a casual dining outlet in Settle, North Yorkshire, has been bought by its head chef Richard Wright.

The restaurant was opened in 2012 by Mark Hancock and Simon Robinson following an extensive renovation and barn conversion.

Richard Wright trained as a chef in his home town of Harrogate before progressing his career in the home counties including at the original gastro pub, The Crooked Billet near Henley-on-Thames. He has also catered at Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Courtyard itself did not form part of the transaction and remains in the ownership of Mark Hancock and Simon Robinson.

Haydn Spedding, associate director for hotels agency at the Manchester office of Colliers International, secured the sale and said: “Mark and Simon understood that the quality of their food offering was critical to the success of The Brasserie and having achieved that goal, wanted to pass the business on to another quality operator to ensure their high standards were maintained.

“We were tasked with finding the new owner and believe that Richard, who has a wealth of experience in the catering industry, is ideally placed to take the business onwards and upwards.”

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