Buckingham restaurateur aiming for a Michelin star

Louis, Tom and Mike at The Buckingham Inn. Picture: Kate Oppenheim
Louis, Tom and Mike at The Buckingham Inn. Picture: Kate Oppenheim

A talented young Buckingham chef has expanded his business empire, with the opening of a new eaterie.

In 2012, Louis Myhill, together with his friends Mike Norris and Tom Humphries took over the disused Buckingham Electrical Services shop on Nelson Street, and transformed it into the Nelson Street restaurant.

With Nelson Street now well established on the local dining scene, with a loyal following and five-star reviews, Louis and the gang have now branched out in a different direction, taking over a town centre pub.

The Whale, on Market Hill, was closed by Fuller’s brewery a year ago.

In January this year, it re-opened, as a ‘smokehouse’-style eaterie, run by Louis, Tom and Mike, under the new name of The Buckingham Inn, serving high-quality casual food such as burgers, steaks and salads.

This follows a £170,000 revamp, funded jointly with Fuller’s, which included a much larger upstairs kitchen with a dumb-waiter, new toilets and a redesigned interior overseen by Louis’ architect parents, Sarah and Steve.

Already proving popular with diners, Louis hopes The Buckingham Inn – nicknamed The BINN – will be the first in a small chain of smokehouses.

Meanwhile, Louis, aged 28, who trained at The Ivy and has ambitions to achieve a Michelin star, has taken sister restaurant Nelson Street up a level, transforming it into a fine dining restaurant, where serious foodies can enjoy three dishes for £35 or the full Discovery Menu for £50.

For more details, see www.nelsonstreetrestaurant.co.uk