There is something new coming to the High Street this month as a Hurst resident prepares to unveil Morley’s Wine Bar and Bistro.
Toby Payne knows he’s got a huge task on his hands as he is completely gutting and refitting what was T’Hurst at 42 High Street. “This place has had a lot of change in recent years, so I have decided to almost completely start again,” Toby commented. The whole kitchen has been thrown out and replaced. The bar is reduced in size and redesigned, and the courtyard outside is also being renovated. The tones for the new interior will be simply pale gray and white.
“We want this place to be all inclusive,” Toby continued. “We will be serving breakfast and morning coffees, lunches and afternoon cakes right through to sophisticated dining in the evening. We look forward to welcoming mums and toddlers, dogs and their owners in the courtyard and retirees out for lunch - and anything in between!”
Toby, who grew up with both parents working in the hospitality sector, is used to the drill of running a restaurant. He spent 13 years working for Virgin Atlantic in their global catering division and, before moving down to Hurstpierpoint from Wimbledon, he was running three private members’ clubs in London.
The refitted restaurant will have capacity for up to 50 diners inside, plus plenty more in the south-facing courtyard and garden, and will be managed by Kate Howard (pictured with Toby). Morley’s opens on Good Friday and will available for reservations from Easter Saturday 5th April.
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