Top chef Michael Caines has expressed his “shock and sadness” at the sudden closure of a Devon hotel that features one of his restaurants.
The four-star Kentisbury Grange, home to Caines’ The Coach House eatery, closed its doors this week due to a “major infrastructural fault”.
Chef Caines, whose company Michael Caines Limited has been consulting at the restaurant for several years, said it was waiting to hear further updates after being notified of the situation this week.
The restaurant was run as part of the Caines Collection, which also includes Lymptsone Manor and newly-acquired The Cove at Maenporth in Cornwall, but Caines said in a statement that his company had no shares or business interests in Kentisbury Grange.
He commented: “I am shocked and saddened to hear the news of Kentisbury Grange and our thoughts are with the staff and customers.
“Michael Caines Limited has been consulting at the restaurant for several years but has no shares or business interest in the property and therefore we too are shocked to hear the news.
“At this stage we await to hear further updates, but we will work with the team to find alternative employment and facilitate them within our expanding portfolio.”
Kentisbury Grange released a statement on social media apologising to guests.
It said: “We are so sorry but due to unforseen circumstances and a major infrastructural fault we are having to close both the hotel and restaurant indefinitely from Thursday 20th February.”