Gerard Basset OBE, owner of the Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest, and Alan Murchison, founder of the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group, have been friends for a number of years and feel that their respective skills and companies have a great connection.
Upon announcing the merger, the chairman of 10 in 8, Richard Pursey, said: “We are delighted to have joined forces with Nina and Gerard and their team at Hotel Terravina. This merger substantially strengthens the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group. Led by Alan Murchison, we already have a number of the country’s leading chefs in our team, but now we have probably the most decorated sommelier in the world spear-heading our fine wines business.”
Gerard runs the Hotel TerraVina with his wife Nina, and their experience in hotel management is seen as vital. Alongside the merger it was announced that Nina Basset would become the group’s managing director. When commenting on the merger, the new managing director said: “We have been watching 10 in 8’s progress over the last few years and admire their vision and strategy to develop individuals with raw talent into some of the industry’s most renowned chefs and restaurant managers. This merger will enhance that strategy as we intend to develop the TerraVina concept wherever 10 in 8 has a fine dining restaurant. We will also create a world-class Cookery and Wine School based in the New Forest that will further strengthen our already established Fine Dining Academy.”
The 10 in 8 board will now own shares in Hotel TerraVina and Gerard and Nina will own shares in 10 in 8. Each company will retain its original name and style.