Mystery over fate of Pear Tree Inn as celebrity chef Marco 'walks away'

Marco Pierre White pictured in the grounds of the Pear Tree Inn by Trevor Porter

Marco Pierre White pictured in the grounds of the Pear Tree Inn by Trevor Porter

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Mystery surrounds the future of The Pear Tree Inn owned by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, with it appearing that he is about to sell the Whitley eatery.

Mr Pierre White, who has owned the pub since 2011, closed the Pear Tree, part of his chain of national venues, at the start of the month. It was believed the restaurant was undergoing a refurbishment.

Wiltshire councillor Terry Chivers, who represents Melksham Without North and lives in Whitley, said: “What I’ve been told by a good source is that the lease has been sold. Over the last week everything has been removed and the whole place has been gutted.”

Attempts to put Cllr Chivers’ claims to the celebrity chef have so far failed.

It is understood that all the Pear Tree’s staff have left the business with its website claiming that it is temporarily closed for the summer and is expected to reopen at the end of next month.

Cllr Chivers said: “All the staff have gone and there has been no attempts made to replace them. I don’t think Marco will be missed in the slightest around here.

"He came in and made a big deal about supporting the locals but he didn’t even have the decency to tell them the Pear Tree was closing.

“He was pig-headed about the whole thing, from the start, he took off all the beers that the locals drank.

"There was such a massive turnover of staff and when you went into the pub you’d never find anyone at the bar to serve you.

"Marco was there all the time in the beginning but when things started to go wrong, he started to walk away. It was probably something of an embarrassment for him.”

One recent reviewer on TripAdvisor said: "The restaurant itself was disappointing and the last time I ever eat anywhere by Marco Pierre White... Pretty much every meal strongly overheated, overspiced or simply untasty - just not enjoyable! 

"Sadly, we were very upset and disappointed when we left."

Whatever the future holds for the ownership of the Pear Tree, Cllr Chivers hopes it doesn’t stay closed for long.

He said: “I hope whoever has got it will engage with the locals from the start and get them back into the bar.

"Hopefully whoever owns the Pear Tree can come in and take inspiration from The Golden Fleece which has done really well, reopening, after it was closed for some time."

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1:24pm Thu 21 Aug 14

brandx says...

Sounds like too many London ideas - and doubtless London prices - losing touch with local people. So what happens when visitors down from London find when they go looking for a real Wiltshire pub - another London rip off.

Almost bound to fail. You have to be local and authentic. Let's hope the new operaters get the mixture right.
Sounds like too many London ideas - and doubtless London prices - losing touch with local people. So what happens when visitors down from London find when they go looking for a real Wiltshire pub - another London rip off. Almost bound to fail. You have to be local and authentic. Let's hope the new operaters get the mixture right. brandx
  • Score: 13

4:52pm Thu 21 Aug 14

shed says...

While you are right in the gist of what you say above, I can eat out in a decent french/italian restaurant cheaper and generally better in London than down here.
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Beer is often cheaper too, I paid 75p less for a pint of Guinness up there last time, than here.

Lots of competition up there, none of this dear beer to keep the local yokels out like one or two I can mention.
While you are right in the gist of what you say above, I can eat out in a decent french/italian restaurant cheaper and generally better in London than down here. . Beer is often cheaper too, I paid 75p less for a pint of Guinness up there last time, than here. Lots of competition up there, none of this dear beer to keep the local yokels out like one or two I can mention. shed
  • Score: 14

1:37am Sun 24 Aug 14

beetawix says...

a cook running a pub sounds dumb.
less of the food and more drinking I say.m
a cook running a pub sounds dumb. less of the food and more drinking I say.m beetawix
  • Score: 0

3:32pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Within the first two paragraphs this establishment is described as an Inn, a pub, an eatery and a restaurant... just what is it exactly?
Within the first two paragraphs this establishment is described as an Inn, a pub, an eatery and a restaurant... just what is it exactly? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 3

11:35pm Sun 24 Aug 14

beetawix says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Within the first two paragraphs this establishment is described as an Inn, a pub, an eatery and a restaurant... just what is it exactly?
it is the one you missed, a pear tree without a partridge.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: Within the first two paragraphs this establishment is described as an Inn, a pub, an eatery and a restaurant... just what is it exactly?[/p][/quote]it is the one you missed, a pear tree without a partridge. beetawix
  • Score: 4
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