Award-winning restaurant boss aims to move on
An award-winning restaurant renowned for its fine dining is being put up for sale after 13 years.
Entropy, in Leicester's West End, has been a favourite in the area since it opened in March 2000.
The highest-rated restaurant in Leicestershire in the prestigious Good Food Guide for the past five years, the venue can also lay claim to having one of the best breakfasts in the country, according to The Observer.
But chef-proprietor Tom Cockerill, who has run Entropy since it opened, said it was time for a change.
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The 37-year-old, who lives above the Hinckley Road restaurant with his partner, Caitlin McReynolds and their three-month-old daughter, Poppy, hopes to open a new restaurant in the countryside near Uppingham.
"There's a lot of memories and a lot of stories – lots of babies and marriages just with the staff alone," said Tom. "You get to know the customers and there's something quite special when they've been with you so long.
"But we've been here 13 years and I could get institutionalised! I think change is often good.
"I'm very excited about moving to the country, to be honest. It's something that has been a dream for a long time.
"I want to open another restaurant and the most likely scenario would be to find a suitable country pub."
Tom, who also has three other children, said it was a good time to make the move.
"My eldest is getting to secondary school age, and the children used to go to school in this area but that's not really the case now," he said. "The plan is to move out towards Uppingham, although we've nowhere specific in mind just yet.
"With four children, sometimes there's six of us living above the restaurant.
"As a chef, that has made it possible to have a family life in what is often seen as quite an anti-social job, with the late hours and shifts. But, from a practical view, it's time to move on."
The restaurant will be open as normal until a sale is completed.
"I'm not naive about the property market, I know this won't necessarily happen over-night," said Tom. "We will be trading as normal until the sale happens – and that could be a year, it could be two.
"I'm in the kitchen most days and it's very important to me that we maintain our reputation as a restaurant because when we do eventually find the right site in the county, I hope to use the Entropy model – relaxed, informal dining with amazing Leicestershire produce – as the template."
It has not been revealed how much the business is on sale for.
For sales details, contact James Philips at APB on 0116 254 0832 or 07802 645 454.