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MasterChef champion to launch next venture in Cheltenham

A year on from launching his first fine dining restaurant Wood Manchester, MasterChef champion Simon Wood has announced his next venture Woodkraft.

Based in the centre of Cheltenham, Woodkraft will be an artisan eatery bringing Simon’s love of seasonal produce and informal dining to the town’s thriving cafe culture.

The kitchen will embrace the philosophy of farm to fork working with locally sourced products that benefit the diners, small scale local growers and producers. The menu, which will be developed with the team from Wood Restaurant Group, will include brunch and breakfast dishes, Sunday roasts to share and more.

The dishes will reflect the basic Wood principles of made from scratch. Heavily featuring local provincial produce built around artisan food with breads, cheese, local meats, beverages, oils, and vinegars that are made by hand on site or regionally using traditional methods by skilled craftworkers.

Simon Wood commented, “Opening Wood Manchester saw the culmination of a life long dream for me. It has been a huge challenge but also a great success. We’re a year in now and with a second fine dining restaurant now under construction in Chester, we feel ready for our next challenge.

“Wood is all about un-intimidating fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere and Woodkraft will take this ethos and turn it into the perfect day time casual dining offering, maintaining high quality food and service. My business partners have local connections to Cheltenham and know the market well and we think the town will be the perfect place for Woodkraft. We hope the local diners agree.”