An entrepreneurial couple with a love for all things food and drink, have fulfilled their dream of owning their own restaurant, with the launch of Hide and Fox in Saltwood, Kent.
Allister Barsby and Alice Bussi, have used a five figure funding package from NatWest to support the fit out of the 28 seat restaurant space.
The project has included the fit-out and set-up of the kitchen space, including state-of-the-art cooking equipment, decorating the restaurant space and providing fixtures and furnishings.
Now open, Hide and Fox will serve modern British cuisine in an intimate and relaxed environment, with a focus on carefully sourced seasonal ingredients and fine wines. Diners will be able to choose from an a la carte menu, lunch menu and special tasting menus.
Allister and Alice will employ a team of one full time chef and one sommerlier and provide a further three seasonal part time positions. They hope the restaurant will become a training place for young hospitality professionals and are hoping to work with local culinary schools to source young talent to join the team, as well as provide training opportunities for college students.
After spending the past 15 years working his way up from washing pots to becoming head chef at some of the most prestigious restaurants and hotels across the country, Allister will now work alongside his partner Alice who will run the front of house team. Alice herself has 17 years’ experience in the industry, working across Europe in some of the continent’s most renowned restaurants.
Allister said: “We spent six months looking for the right place, and we found a few that we liked but this location just felt right. We made an offer the same day and moved in as soon as possible. We’ve worked in hospitality for a long time, but I’m from Kent and I’ve always wanted to come back and do my own thing and it just felt like the right time to do it.
“Thanks to the funding and support from NatWest, we have been able to open a restaurant central to the community, offering fine dining without the stuffiness. We are working with local farmers, distillers and vineyards to ensure we keep everything local.”
Paul Radley, NatWest Relationship Manager said: “We have worked with Allister and Alice from the start of their search for the ideal restaurant and it’s so rewarding to see them open their doors to the public. The funding we have provided has allowed the couple to fulfil their dream and we wish them every success.”
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