The Buntingford Kitchen is situated in the historic market town of Buntingford in East Hertfordshire on the site formerly known as Brunel’s Restaurant and Bourne Cottage.
Following a major, but sensitive refurbishment, we have created a high quality neighbourhood restaurant to ensure that the history and charm of our Grade II listed building is retained. The Buntingford Kitchen is a 40-seat restaurant, which includes the Bourne Snug, our semi-private dining room where up to eight guests can dine in an intimate, cosy setting. The restaurant has now been nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Hertfordshire Food and Drink Awards. If you have a spare few seconds please vote for us!
The Buntingford Kitchen is rich in history. We’ve been looking into the building’s varied past, and found many interesting documents and photos of our new restaurant which date back hundreds of years.
The earliest record we have on the historic property dates back to 20th March 1783; it’s a lease to what is now Bourne Cottage, 69 High Street, Buntingford. The original lease was the property of Rev. Thomas Bingham who transferred ownership to John Newton, a shoemaker.
Edwin Charles Scrivener ran a cobblers from the site between 1927 and the early 1950s. Here’s a photo of him outside 69 High Street Buntingford in 1929.
The property became vacant between 1937 and 1960 with the outbreak of World War II, but on 19th February 1960 Peter Bourne bought 69 High Street for £1,200. He renamed the property 69 Bourne Cottage and turned it into a house.
Bourne Cottage first opened as a restaurant in 1991 and became popular with local people. Although by 1995 a wider clientele was sort. This necessitated a change in style, name and type of food served. The restaurant was renamed Brunel’s after the 19th Century engineer. The new menu included hearty British food that was cooked fresh on the premises. Each pie and pudding was named after events and projects associated with the life of Brunel.
The restaurant was taken over by Damian Clarkson, Managing Director of the London Kitchen in 2013, and after considerable investment now serves up some of the best food in Buntingford – you must try our Sunday roast!