The only way is Essex for La Sala’s UK debut


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The team bringing the glamorous restaurant and bar La Sala from Marbella to the UK have announced their first site: Chigwell in Essex.

The site in Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, formerly the White Hart Inn, will be transformed for a launch later this year, aiming to recreate the Spanish dining and entertainment experience.

La Sala in Marbella – featured in TV reality show The Only Way is Essex – serves international and Spanish dishes alongside live music and a bar specialising in cocktails and champagne.

Its UK roll-out is headed by James Horler, whose current ventures include Rocket bars and restaurants and who previously built up Spanish restaurant group La Tasca. It is backed by big names from the world of football including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Stephen Carr.

James said: “I’m really excited about this opportunity as La Sala is a totally different concept and the right brand to bring to the UK at this time.

“The La Sala brand already has international recognition and we’re aiming to transfer this proven formula of atmosphere, quality, exceptional service and value to the UK.

“I’ve already been out to Spain with our design team so that they can embrace the entire La Sala experience and recreate its unique essence here in the UK.

“We will be looking to roll out a second site within 12 months, with a third to follow, maybe in west London”

La Sala UK has pledged its support for Springboard which aims to help disadvantaged and underprivileged young people achieve their potential by finding training and employment opportunities within the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries.


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