A new restaurant showcasing the finest Lincolnshire produce will open at The Old Palace hotel in Lincoln this summer.
Open to members of the public as well as hotel guests, the restaurant will offer classic British cuisine cooked using high-quality locally grown and produced ingredients.
Head Chef Paul Newton said: “Our aim is to offer freshly prepared, locally sourced food which is cooked to perfection.
“I’m not interested in experimenting with unusual combinations or creating fancy dishes made from ingredients you’ve never heard of. I want to cook good honest food which tastes delicious.
“Lincolnshire produces more fresh food than any other county in the UK and the quality and flavour is superb.
“We want to work with as many county-based farmers, growers and producers as possible to demonstrate just what Lincolnshire has to offer.”
To help Paul in his quest The Old Palace has expanded its kitchen team and has taken on Sous Chef Kleo Tabaku, who has previously worked at The Old Bakery in Lincoln.
The kitchen is also being remodelled. Manager Sonja Brockman added: “Since The Old Palace first opened as a boutique-style hotel in March last year we’ve continued to grow.
“We’ve expanded the number of bedrooms available by converting a nearby former church and taken on more staff.
“Although we’ve always catered for private dining clients as well as conferences and events we’ve never had an on-site restaurant, which seemed a shame as we have such a talented and experienced chef.
“Following Kleo’s appointment we now have the capacity to run a restaurant full-time and we look forward to offering exceptional quality food at an affordable price.”
The restaurant is expected to be launched in the summer and will be open from 6.30pm till 9.00pm Monday to Sunday.