The future of the partnership between Alan Murchison's 10 in 8 Dining Group and Nina and Gerard Basset's Hotel TerraVina is believed to be in doubt less than a year after the two parties joined forces.
The news came to light after Macdonald Hotels & Resorts confirmed that its agreement with 10 in 8 to run the restaurant at one of its hotels had ended.
Located at the four-star, 54-bedroom Macdonald Bear hotel in Woodstock, the restaurant saw the introduction of a new dining concept which at the time of its opening late last year, was said to "generate a truly memorable experience for guests".
A spokesperson for the hotel company, which operates around 50 hotels and resorts in the UK and Spain, said: "Despite a strong relationship between the hotel and the 10 in 8 Dining Group it became clear that 10 in 8, who operate some of the finest Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK, were more suited to operating stand-alone restaurants rather than the full hotel catering operation and as a result it was mutually decided that Macdonald Hotels would be best placed to resume operational responsibility."
The ending of the contract at the Macdonald Bear hotel, however, appears to be a sign of further unrest within 10 in 8, which was originally launched by Murchison to build "a financially sustainable collection of fine-dining restaurants over an eight year period", with each one earning at least one Michelin star within three years of opening.
10 in 8 currently boasts individual Michelin stars at two of its restaurants: L'Ortolan in Berkshire and Paris House in Woburn. It also operates La Becasse in Ludlow and, according to its website, Hotel TerraVina.
Both 10 in 8 and Hotel TerraVina declined to comment.