Upfront L Back to Lainston AINSTON HOUSE has appointed Phil Yeomans as executive chef. For Phil (pictured) this marks a return to the five-star hotel near Sparsholt, as he held the position of head chef from 2005-14. He brings more than two decades’ experience in the hospitality industry and has worked at The Dorchester, Harvey Nichols, Soho House and in the USA and Bermuda. “Winchester is my home and I’m delighted to return to my roots with my family, in a position that will be an exciting new challenge for me,” said Phil. Lainston House has an excellent reputation and I’m looking forward to building on this and helping the team to grow.” His cooking style is best described as modern British, combining classical training with modern techniques, resulting in the creation of flavourful yet clean and delicate dishes. Lainston House embodies Phil’s passion for working with local suppliers and food producers Healthy approach to pet wellbeing S PECIALISTS in pet nutrition and healthcare Grovely Pets has opened its third branch of Natural Pet Stores at Oliver’s Battery, Winchester. Driven by a passion for a different approach to the health and wellbeing of animals, Liz and Dave Chislett opened their first store at Alton four years ago, followed by expansion into Brockenhurst in 2018. All the shops recognise animals are individuals with individual needs and their team work to make pets’ lives happier and healthier. The company is proud to hand-pick their range from small companies which supply human-grade raw, dry and wet foods, as well as complementary treats. “We cater predominantly for dogs and cats, but also have a range for small animals and birds, but all of our stores have a nutrition specialist focus. What seem like every day ailments can be treated just through an improved diet.” This latest opening is building on a fast-growing reputation for what they do. Liz and Dave are both ex-Royal Navy and proud to have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant which offers a five per cent discount to serving members and veterans; their chosen charity is Hounds for Heroes. 4 Resident E and he aims to bring this to life throughout the hotel as his menus develop during the coming months. Coming soon STABLISHED IN SHAWFORD for six years, Swit Swoo Beauty recently acquired new premises with planning consent for a large luxury beauty salon. Due to open in early 2020 at Otterbourne, the salon will feature six treatment rooms, private parking and 9pm closing. Owner Amy Matthews said: “We are so excited to create a high-end space in the area like no other. Our treatment menu will feature the finest brands with an extensive repertoire from nails, waxing and holistic spa treatments, to award winning laser hair removal, professional skincare, and doctor-led aesthetics.” The new salon brings employment opportunities to the area, as Amy seeks to recruit further expert therapists to join her highly skilled team. L Name change IVE THEATRE WINCHESTER TRUST – the charity behind Theatre Royal Winchester and Hat Fair – has a new name, Play to the Crowd. The name change represents the charity’s vision to ‘delight and unite’ and its commitment to its belief that the arts should be for everyone and everyone should have access to them, whether watching shows at the city’s Grade II listed theatre, enjoying street performances at Hat Fair or taking part in the charity’s youth and adult projects throughout the surrounding areas.